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May 25, 2017 | North America: Hawaii

Stop the R-word!!!!

By Gary Winthorpe

My son Brian has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.View Story ▼My son Brian has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

About Gary Winthorpe:I'm Gary Winthorpe. I'm a 47 year old brain surgeon, and my son has autism
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May 22, 2017 | North America: Washington

Charlie Boy

By Katie Youngren

One of my best friends when I was about 6 years old was Charlie Boy. He had Down syndrome, and he was funny, kind hearted and loved to play with me and my younger sister.View Story ▼One of my best friends when I was about 6 years old was Charlie Boy. He had Down syndrome, and he was funny, kind hearted and loved to play with me and my younger sister. When we moved from the neighborhood, I saw him again 20 years later at a grocery store. He was walking with his elderly mother, and her arm was wrapped in his as he assisted her through the store. I got tears in my eyes, remembering what a sweet friend he was to me, and seeing what a fine, blessing of a man he had become. Because of knowing Charlie Boy, I have always had a special place in my heart for people with Down syndrome. May God bless them!! <3

About Katie Youngren:I am a wife, mother of 6 kids, and grandmother of almost 11 grand kids. I drive school bus for the Freeman School District, and am also a local children's author.
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May 22, 2017 | North America: Missouri

Coby Jane

By Andrea Beardsley

Coby Jane has Fragile X syndrome. Every day is a struggle, but she takes it all in stride with a beautiful smile upon her face.View Story ▼Coby Jane has Fragile X syndrome. She has struggled for many years to learn to be social and to speak. She has refused to accept her disability and worked so hard to learn to speak, write, and now read. She is advanced in reading and math. Every day is a struggle, but she takes it all in stride with a beautiful smile upon her face. She amazes me each and every day and keeps me going. She's so full of courage and desire. Everyone said she would never talk or read. But she does. She has won. And so will all of you.

About Andrea Beardsley:I am a wife to Steven and mom of 4, 2 with a chromosome disorder called fragile x syndrome. We live in Independence, Missouri with our two dogs, Dora and Duke.
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May 19, 2017 | North America: Montana

A wonderful accomplished woman!

By Sheena West Jennings

Alicia Dudow, now 46 years old & contary to doctors who at the age of one advised us to place her in a facility since she would never be able to be independent, she has proven all wrong.View Story ▼Alicia Dudow, now 46 years old & contrary to doctors who at the age of one advised us to place her in a facility since she would never be able to be independent, she has proven all wrong. She has graduated from high school under a special diploma, been in her current job for 15 years, lives in her own apartment and adheres to a financial plan and budget which is driven by her income and needs. She does social media, has friends all over the world. Alicia started in Special Olympics at age 5! That's over 40 years of various games Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Track, equisterian, bowling, basketball, cross country skiing, and her favourite Bocce Ball, individual & team. Attended Air Force Academy graduation, went on a cruise, has several belts in two kinds of Marshall arts and loves making jewelry and baking. Quite accomplishments for someone who didn't walk, talk or tie her shoes till age 3. Her sister is quite an inspiration and helped her achieve her goal

About Sheena West Jennings:I'm her mom and couldn't be prouder of her and her achievements in life. She has reached beyond what anyone ever told us she would be capable of. We encourage her to go for it if she wants to do it.
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May 19, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

The reason I hate the word

By Trinity Laxton

Some boys at my school called the special needs children "retards" that really hurt me.View Story ▼Some boys at my school called the special needs children "retards" that really hurt me. I don't like the word or how they are treated, it really hurts me to know how people label them. It isn't fair to them. I was literally bawling my eyes out when that happened.

About Trinity Laxton:i am cheerleader who volunteers at my school to work with special needs children. I enjoy doing that the most !
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