Down Syndrome Everywhere
Down Syndrome, U.S.

Down Syndrome Everywhere: The Oakland Encounter

He saw my son and couldn’t stop himself from running over to me to tell me how lucky I was to have a baby with Down syndrome. He told me how this boy would change my life...

Down Syndrome

There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do

Sometimes when I’m working on my Down syndrome stories I start to believe that the world has changed more than it actually has. Some moments remind me that my life is just my own personal perception, and that we each have our own. Perception: a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something When I’m researching,… Continue reading There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do

Revolution of the Heart
Down Syndrome

Magic: When Your Heart is Your Guide

He was sitting at the table by the window. When I approached, he took my hands in his, and the room disappeared. There was only he and I. His eyes were shining like diamonds, and I lost all sense of time and place, as I was drawn deeper and deeper into his full-faced smile. I… Continue reading Magic: When Your Heart is Your Guide

SO Syria
Down Syndrome, Middle East, Syria

Down Syndrome Syria: Magical Happiness

  For over a year now, since meeting the Syrian delegation to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, I have been searching for stories of Down syndrome people in Syria or who have fled as refugees. I want to know what it’s like for them and their families. I want to know if… Continue reading Down Syndrome Syria: Magical Happiness

Down Syndrome Wrestler
Down Syndrome, U.S.

For Everyone Who Worries About the Next Generation

After hearing this story about a young man in Massachusetts, all I can say is, don't buy into what you hear about Millennials (or any other demographic group for that matter). Time magazine called Millennials "lazy, entitled, self-obsessed narcissists", and this sentiment seems to be pervasive. It's not fair. I'm a Baby-Boomer and I know… Continue reading For Everyone Who Worries About the Next Generation

Africa, Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Rwanda: The “Cuddle Index”

The African country of Rwanda has charged into my awareness these past few weeks.  A good friend, and a good man who is a warrior in the #RevolutionoftheHeart, is in Rwanda, consulting on the building of a new hospital and teaching center. The company he is working with is Partners in Health, whose approach is… Continue reading Down Syndrome Rwanda: The “Cuddle Index”

Down Syndrome

Fanning the Flames of the Revolution

We all have a different perspective on what is "normal." In my lifetime, those with special needs, disabilities, diffabilities, whatever term you choose, have always been present. Some people live their whole lives having barely any contact with people with Down Syndrome or autism or cerebral palsy. Sure, they see them and notice them in… Continue reading Fanning the Flames of the Revolution