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Thursday, March 21, 2013

World Down Syndrome Day and Progress

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

Let us all celebrate the changes in education; acceptance and opportunity for those with Down syndrome over the past two decades. I wish I could just write a happy article here and discuss "where we're going; where we've been" kinds of things. But I can't. Since this is the day we have set aside to really evaluate the improvements in our children's lives and the needs ahead of us, this must be a day we really look at this. For every cute, adorable, huggable toddler with Down syndrome, there are equally delightful adults who do not draw quite as much favorable attention. When our children are born, we worry. About all of our children. We want nothing more than for them to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives.

Each time we read about a tragic misunderstanding, it reminds us of the need for outreach, awareness, opportunites and access. The hardest thing to do after reading about the sad end to the life of Ethan Saylor is to NOT change our behavior. As parents, we have to continue to propel our adult offspring into the public. We have to help them find work. We must send them to the gym and to churches and communiy colleges and to enrichment classes. They want and need to go to concerts, restaurants and outdoor art fairs. And they need to be accepted as vital threads to the fabric of each and every community.


So read about Robert Ethan Saylor and his life and death. Cry as I did. Then continue to encourage your family and community to accept and embrace each person in your community. Resist the temptation to just watch movies at home to be safe and use this day as a reminder of the role individuals with Down syndrome have in our livs and our communities.

To the family of Ethan, our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

 

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Limited Time Offer: Down Syndrome Support and Resource Package

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

Limited Time Offer
Down Syndrome Support and Resource Package  

 

Occasionally we come across a book or resource that we feel strongly about sharing with new parents. Just Cate is such a resource. Just Cate opens in the delivery room with Noelle Alix, whose newborn daughter Cate is unexpectedly born with Down syndrome. Noelle’s childhood friend, Angela Martin, is inspired by her quiet faith to write Noelle a heartfelt note in a baby card. This note and this child spark a transformative 12-year journey of renewed faith and friendship. With humor and heart, the coauthor friends tell a dual tale of the angst and joys of raising a child with a disability, of the power of women friendship, and of Cate’s funny and poignant early years.!


We have combined this book with the award winning book Common Threads and 18-month developmental calendar.  In addition, keeping with our commitment to assist in all stages of your child's life, we are sharing a sneak preview of Cynthia Hutchison's new Curriculum Modification Handbook due out in the fall—FREE!  Since this packet is for new parents, you will see that the selection is for early elementary school.  For new parents, the concern over how life might look for their child is huge at this time.  This chapter of the Curriculum Modification Handbook should help alleviate much of that concern!

This comprehensive support and resource package for new and expectant parents and family members is a must have.  Great for support groups too.

Now for a limited time; Just $35   A 40% savings if purchased separately.

 

Limited Time Offer; Order Today.