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Kyle finds his voice with assistive communication technology

When Kyle was a baby, I took him to a disability fair at our library. The communication aids clinic brought various devices to demonstrate assistive communication. I remember being fascinated, but in my typical fashion, I figured we would never need something like that for Kyle because surely he would be able to talk at a young age. However, it… Read more »

Changing the conversation on abortion and Down syndrome

Imagine you are a young pregnant mother. You get all the screenings recommended by your OB/GYN, and one comes back with raised odds that your baby will have Down syndrome. You are scared. You ask your doctor for more information. She tells you that if your baby has Down syndrome, there is a good chance he won’t survive, or if… Read more »

Extraordinary kids, extraordinary compassion

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I picked up the board book Hug, by Jez Alborough, thinking Kyle would appreciate the sweet illustrations of a chimp looking for a hug. Here is the description of the book from Amazon: Bobo needs a hug. But his friends don’t seem to understand. “Hug,” he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals—from the smallest chameleon to… Read more »

A dog and her boy

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Our family dog story starts out happy, then becomes horrifically tragic. When Kyle was two we got our first puppy, a sheltie like the dog my family had when I was small. We enjoyed watching her grow for months, but then one day she heartbreakingly slipped out of the door, ran into the street, and was hit by a speeding… Read more »

Who is going to save them?

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I have mentioned in the past that I am a part of an important organization called Saving Down syndrome. We work to advocate for the lives of people with Down syndrome, both before birth and after. The leaders of Saving Down syndrome created a new video in time for World Down Syndrome Day (March 21) that features countless reasons why… Read more »

Down syndrome: it’s not the end of the world

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Since giving up facebook for Lent yesterday (has it only been one day??), to fulfill my need to connect with the world I was catching up on blog reading. One blog that popped up in my Reader was written by a pregnant woman who recently had a first trimester scan that had an elevated reading of nuchal translucency (involving the… Read more »