A 24-year-old man is going viral for the heartwarming surprise he planned for his younger brother.
"I've never been asked to leave anywhere because of my dog," Mann, who served in the Army for 11 years, said.
"The thing is, Kathryn has Down syndrome, so you can look at her and see that she has a disability," the student's mother said. "But it says nothing about what her capabilities are. She can read the rules. She can follow the rules.”
LulaRoe is taking heat for refusing to terminate an independent retailer who appeared to mock people with special needs. LulaRoe’s refusal to cut ties with an independent retailer who mocked people with disabilities has cost it a partnership with a Down syndrome advocacy group and sparked a social media backlash. “We remain strongly committed to promoting Down syndrome education and outreach,” read a statement from LulaRoe CEOs Mark and DeAnne Stidham, sent to Yahoo Lifestyle Monday.
Amanda Bowman Gray posted this sweet clip of her daughter Lydia singing "You Are My Sunshine" with her little brother Bo, who has Down syndrome.
One man’s proposal to two women — his fiancée as well as her sister — is going viral, as it’s an irresistibly sweet love story.
Shaedon Wedel and his supersweet “promposal” to his best friend’s sister has become a viral sensation on social media, thanks to his inventive use of her favorite snack.
After modeling photos of Lily went up, her parents took her to one of the stores — and she instantly recognized herself, posing for a photo with one of the pictures.
After a successful online petition, Mélanie Ségard is about to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a weather presenter in France. The 21-year-old launched her Facebook campaign Mélanie peut le faire (Melanie can do it) last Monday with help from the National Union of Charities for Parents with Disabled Children. In a video featured on the page, she challenged French outlets to let her read the news should she receive more than 100,000 likes — it didn’t take very long for Ségard to reach her goal.
Isabella Springmuhl, 19, of Guatemala, was the first designer with Down syndrome ever to show her work at London Fashion Week, according to the BBC, which recently included her on its list of 100 inspirational women.
When Maria Dellapina was trying to find the perfect pair of glasses for her daughter, she had no idea it would be the catalyst to a career that’d help other children around the world. Dellapina’s daughter Erin Farragher needed glasses when she was about 20 months old, but since Farragher had Down syndrome, finding a pair that would properly fit was a challenge. “[Conventional glasses] would fall down her nose and just didn’t sit right on her face,” Dellapina told The Mighty.
When 45-year-old Julie McConnel, already a mother of four, learned she was pregnant with twins who had Down syndrome last August, she was incredibly distraught. Charlie and Milo are twin boys with Down syndrome. McConnel wants to show other mothers that they shouldn’t be afraid to raise a child with Down syndrome.
People with Down syndrome are simply that. People. They have different hopes, personalities and aspirations — and photographer Hilary Gauld-Camilleri is on a mission to show that to the world.Last month, the Ontario-based photographer launched a campaign titled "See Me,” sharing 31 portraits of people with Down syndrome over 31 days.In just three days, Gauld-Camilleri photographed 52 individuals, ranging in ages from 3 months to 44 years. She then posted a different face every day on Facebook with a quote from each person's family."I was overwhelmed by the response to the photos!" she told Yahoo Canada. " I received personal messages from people all over Canada and the U.S. expressing how much they looked forward to seeing a new face every day. The faces in these photos touched people the way they touched me [and] I realized there was something bigger under the surface of this project."Gauld-Camilleri was inspired to take up the project after she photographed a calendar for the Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society (WRDSS) last year."These children amaze me. They always do. Their happiness. Their nerves. Their laughter, hugs and curious eyes staring back at me as they looked into the camera," she said. "However, what moved me most were the families. Parent after parent, watching their children in front of the camera with such fierce and unconditional love."She explained that she came up with the name "See Me" while she was in her bathroom one morning getting ready for a photoshoot, and it is exactly what she hopes the project would encourage people to do."Those two words are powerful. It’s what we all want for our children. To be seen," she said. "I challenge everyone to look a little longer. Don’t just look away. Smile and know there is a wonderful person inside."The images have been compiled into a calendar and can be purchased here. All proceeds go directly to the families of the WRDSS. Click through the gallery above to see some of Gauld-Camilleri’s arresting photos or visit oneforthewall.ca to see the full series and let us know what you think by tweeting us @YahooStyleCA.
Noelia Garella is one of the world’s first preschool teachers with the genetic condition, thwarting anyone who’s ever doubted her. When the 31-year-old was in preschool herself, a teacher told her she was a “monster.” And while she’s been discouraged from following her dream of teaching, Garella has kept working towards her goal. After taking courses on teaching children to read, Garella now teaches a class of toddlers, alongside another teacher.
What was supposed to be a fun day of play turned into a heartbreaking situation for Simone Blount and her three-year-old son, Stephen. Stephen, who has Down Syndrome and uses a wheelchair, was particularly looking forward to the Fireman Sam toys at the Mattel Play! Centre in Liverpool, England, since those are his favourite. But after lining up for 20 minutes, a staff member took one look at Stephen and said that the play centre was “unsuitable for children like him,” says Blount.
As a mom of a child with Down syndrome, Lisa Quinn knows that finding a job can be a real struggle. After helping him pen a letter describing his skills, she then posted the letter to her social channels in hopes that others would share and someone might offer Addison a chance. The short, simple letter explains that Addison is 16 and that he’s looking for an hour or two of work on the weekends.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year. Pretty staggering statistics, but what if something as simple as green tea could help treat this?
When Joelle Kelly was told in her 12 week scan there was a one in two chance her baby would be born with Down Syndrome, she was devastated. Now, the 37-year-old mum-of-three from Queensland wants to share three-year-old Josee’s story to challenge perceptions and spread a message of hope to other parents expecting babies with Down Syndrome.
Ana loves to dance, so her mom Sonja Malaniuk decided to sign her up for dance lessons. “Her confidence has grown hugely,” says Amanda Desousa, owner of the studio. “She just loves it.” “She’s such a joy to have in class,” says Shae-Lyn Bates, Malaniuk’s teacher. “She’s helped me grow, actually, as a teacher.” Ana is currently preparing for her first dance competition and her mother couldn’t be more thrilled. “To see her on the stage, to see her with the teachers, to see her… happy.” What do you think of Ana Malaniuk being rejected from the first dance studio?