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Sweet #Lianna was sadly abandoned at the age of 3 years. It is stated that Lianna likes class and helping the aunties.

Lianna could really benefit from a loving #forever home that is able to see all her #potential and be able to love her for exactly who she is. https://reecesrainbow.org/74506/lianna  Lianna is part of #macc2017 #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome #upsyndrome #upsyndrome #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #adoptme
Girl, born December 2008 PRC #Downsyndrome  Sweet #Lianna  was sadly abandoned at the age of 3 years. It is stated that Lianna likes class and helping the aunties. Lianna could really benefit from a loving #forever  home that is able to see all her #potential  and be able to love her for exactly who she is. https://reecesrainbow.org/74506/lianna Lianna is part of #macc2017  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome  #upsyndrome  #upsyndrome  #theluckyfew  #nothingdownaboutit  #adoptme 
(mom post)
when i was pregnant with Reed and we found out he had Down Syndrome my reaction was just "oh, ok". i did not feel like it was a big deal.

but of course i was worried (i was not worried about his health, that came later on when i started reading about DS and the accompanying health issues :) but i was certainly worried that people would not accept him.

i was not worried for now, i knew as a baby and toddler that everyone would love and adore him, 
i mean who doesn't love babies?

i was worried for when he gets older, like when he starts going to school, especially the teenage years.
what if nobody wants to be friends with him, or no girl has a crush on him?
and man did i bawl at that. 
but then i realized, i would worry about these very same things anyway even if my child did not have Down Syndrome.

so i calmed down.
we'll just deal with that when we get there.
right now we'll just continue enjoying toddlerhood, and all that stubborness that comes with it :) #inclusionmatters #countmein #choosetobekind
#downsyndromeadvocacy  #DSawareness
#reedsworld #downsyndromelove #igtoddlers
(mom post) when i was pregnant with Reed and we found out he had Down Syndrome my reaction was just "oh, ok". i did not feel like it was a big deal. but of course i was worried (i was not worried about his health, that came later on when i started reading about DS and the accompanying health issues :) but i was certainly worried that people would not accept him. i was not worried for now, i knew as a baby and toddler that everyone would love and adore him, i mean who doesn't love babies? i was worried for when he gets older, like when he starts going to school, especially the teenage years. what if nobody wants to be friends with him, or no girl has a crush on him? and man did i bawl at that. but then i realized, i would worry about these very same things anyway even if my child did not have Down Syndrome. so i calmed down. we'll just deal with that when we get there. right now we'll just continue enjoying toddlerhood, and all that stubborness that comes with it :) #inclusionmatters  #countmein  #choosetobekind  #downsyndromeadvocacy   #DSawareness  #reedsworld  #downsyndromelove  #igtoddlers 
This Beautiful girl is #Lianne She was born in 2014, & lives in #latinamerica She is part of the #macc2017 https://reecesrainbow.org/118302/lianne#miracleofadoptionchristmascampaign #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome #upsanddowns #upsyndrome #girlswaittoo #willyoubemymiracle
Little #babyboy #Kellan was born earlier this year. He would be a wonderful blessing to a lucky #family. He has #trisomy21 https://reecesrainbow.org/120949/kellan-2 #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome #upsanddowns #upsyndrome #t21 #macc2017 #miracleofadoptionchristmascampaign #boysarejoys #boyswaitlonger #boysneedsmommastoo #adoptaboy #specialneedsadoption
Cute #Felicity was born w #downsyndrome & waits in #China. She has a $7.5k grant to help towards her #adoption. She is doing well, but really needs a #foreverfamily. https://reecesrainbow.org/90072/felicity-2 #nationaladoptionmonth #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #upsyndrome #upsyndrome #macc2017 #miracleofadoptionchristmascampaign
Hello handsome! #Rafferty is such a sweet and lovable little one! He is 21 months old, and came to the orphanage when he was about 3 months old. Rafferty has #Downsyndrome, and was born with a #PFO, which has not required treatment. https://reecesrainbow.org/110845/rafferty He is part of the #macc2017 #miracleofadoptionchristmascampaign #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome #upsanddowns #upsyndrome #theluckyfew #adoptaboy #boys #boyswaitlonger
Hello handsome! #Rafferty  is such a sweet and lovable little one! He is 21 months old, and came to the orphanage when he was about 3 months old. Rafferty has #Downsyndrome , and was born with a #PFO , which has not required treatment. https://reecesrainbow.org/110845/rafferty He is part of the #macc2017  #miracleofadoptionchristmascampaign  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome  #upsanddowns  #upsyndrome  #theluckyfew  #adoptaboy  #boys  #boyswaitlonger 
My daughter, and EVERY other person with Down syndrome, doesn’t have to defend their existence to ANYONE! Ashley is a warrior❤️💪I will fight FOR her rights, and rights of others with DS! End the T21 genocide. 😢 #downsyndromelove #downsyndrome #t21 #t21love #downsyndromeadvocacy #differentnotless #anythingforher #warrior #humanrights
Sixteen month old #Colt is a curious #toddler who loves music! Whenever he hears it, he follows the music to shake and dance. Life of the party! His developmental report was completed in June when he was 13 months old. At that time, Colt could raise his head when lying on his stomach, turn over by himself, and grasp his feet to play. He loved to tease people. He will stick is tongue out, make faces and laugh. When he’s excited he says things like, “Ah ba da!” He babbles in response to people. When he goes outside, he is very curious about his surroundings. He engages people with eye contact, and he can nod his head for “yes.” He is strong-willed, and if he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he lets you know! Colt is closest to his caretaker. He enjoys colorful toys that make sounds. Colt was diagnosed with #Downsyndrome, and he has had surgery to correct an #atrialseptaldefect. http://reecesrainbow.org/121916/colt #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #theluckyfew #chdawarenessmonth #chdawarenessphotochallenge #babyboy
Sixteen month old #Colt  is a curious #toddler  who loves music! Whenever he hears it, he follows the music to shake and dance. Life of the party! His developmental report was completed in June when he was 13 months old. At that time, Colt could raise his head when lying on his stomach, turn over by himself, and grasp his feet to play. He loved to tease people. He will stick is tongue out, make faces and laugh. When he’s excited he says things like, “Ah ba da!” He babbles in response to people. When he goes outside, he is very curious about his surroundings. He engages people with eye contact, and he can nod his head for “yes.” He is strong-willed, and if he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he lets you know! Colt is closest to his caretaker. He enjoys colorful toys that make sounds. Colt was diagnosed with #Downsyndrome , and he has had surgery to correct an #atrialseptaldefect . http://reecesrainbow.org/121916/colt #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #theluckyfew  #chdawarenessmonth  #chdawarenessphotochallenge  #babyboy 
Will you be joining me tomorrow along with this wonderful Mom Sandra as we talk about inclusion? 
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Sweet #Nate is a #gorgeous and #active 14 month-old #babyboy who likes being held by his caretaker. Nate likes bright colors and listening to music. He enjoys playing with the music rattle toy attached to his crib. He is attached to his caregiver and is very happy when he sees his caregiver coming, especially if she is holding a bottle of milk or toys. He will reach out his hands to ask for them and his face is full of #happiness. http://reecesrainbow.org/120811/nate #downsyndrome #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #upsyndrome #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome #anemia
Sweet #Nate  is a #gorgeous  and #active  14 month-old #babyboy  who likes being held by his caretaker. Nate likes bright colors and listening to music. He enjoys playing with the music rattle toy attached to his crib. He is attached to his caregiver and is very happy when he sees his caregiver coming, especially if she is holding a bottle of milk or toys. He will reach out his hands to ask for them and his face is full of #happiness . http://reecesrainbow.org/120811/nate #downsyndrome  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #theluckyfew  #nothingdownaboutit  #upsyndrome  #upsyndromenotdownsyndrome  #anemia 
"Down Syndrome is... Confidence"
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Giving them the tools to be confident in life, at school, at work, with their friends and in the community.
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The end goal to be confident being independent.
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Day 15, Advocacy: Emma is in a new class this year for one period a day. At the school's open house, I went to introduce myself to her teacher, and I thought she was pretty snotty to me and seemed very disinterested in telling me how she was incorporating Emma into the class, nor did she have any questions for me about how to do so. I was already concerned that, because Emma goes to the class with two other girls from her special ed class, they were being marginalized and ignored. (I had no reason for this concern, and I’ll share later how it was dispelled!) Fast forward to last week, when that same teacher came to Tricia's office, waited for her to finish speaking to another teacher, and with great emotion told Tricia how much Emma means to her because EVERY DAY she stays after class so she can tell the teacher, "I hope you have a good day!" It's a highlight in this teacher's day.

So the awareness is for parents like me, parents of teenagers who are quickly turning into young adults: we've spent years being their voice, being the person who parses every bit of information and every nuanced situation, the person who is always ready to kick some ass on our kids' behalf, but at some point our kids become their own best advocates. Emma didn't need us to complain to the principal or set up a meeting with the teacher. In this case, we just needed to take a deep breath and let her do her thing...because Love Wins! #Emmanence #DSAM2017 #Downsyndrome #downsyndromeadvocacy #LIFEisbetterwithyou #lovehersomuch
Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Day 15, Advocacy: Emma is in a new class this year for one period a day. At the school's open house, I went to introduce myself to her teacher, and I thought she was pretty snotty to me and seemed very disinterested in telling me how she was incorporating Emma into the class, nor did she have any questions for me about how to do so. I was already concerned that, because Emma goes to the class with two other girls from her special ed class, they were being marginalized and ignored. (I had no reason for this concern, and I’ll share later how it was dispelled!) Fast forward to last week, when that same teacher came to Tricia's office, waited for her to finish speaking to another teacher, and with great emotion told Tricia how much Emma means to her because EVERY DAY she stays after class so she can tell the teacher, "I hope you have a good day!" It's a highlight in this teacher's day. So the awareness is for parents like me, parents of teenagers who are quickly turning into young adults: we've spent years being their voice, being the person who parses every bit of information and every nuanced situation, the person who is always ready to kick some ass on our kids' behalf, but at some point our kids become their own best advocates. Emma didn't need us to complain to the principal or set up a meeting with the teacher. In this case, we just needed to take a deep breath and let her do her thing...because Love Wins! #Emmanence  #DSAM2017  #Downsyndrome  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #LIFEisbetterwithyou  #lovehersomuch 
This #babydoll is #Shyanne Shyanne is a gorgeous 2-year-old little girl who is described as #gentle and #timid. She can stand up while holding onto a chair and her limbs are very flexible. Shyanne loves to eat and will finish her bottle of milk very quickly. She likes to smile at people she knows and loves to be held by her nanny or to sit on her nanny’s lap. http://reecesrainbow.org/121935/shyanne #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #trisomy21 #trisomy21awareness #girlswaittoo #babygirl
This #babydoll  is #Shyanne  Shyanne is a gorgeous 2-year-old little girl who is described as #gentle  and #timid . She can stand up while holding onto a chair and her limbs are very flexible. Shyanne loves to eat and will finish her bottle of milk very quickly. She likes to smile at people she knows and loves to be held by her nanny or to sit on her nanny’s lap. http://reecesrainbow.org/121935/shyanne #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #trisomy21  #trisomy21awareness  #girlswaittoo  #babygirl 
Cute #Heidi is identifying her ABCs and is able to write her alphabet. With some assistance she is able to write numbers 1 through 10. She receives tutoring from in home teachers and participates in other various learning activities at home. Her speech has improved greatly, but she would benefit from speech therapy. She is verbal, but not everything is understood by those who don’t know her well. She speaks in sentences of 2-3 words in both English and her native language, and can name caregivers and other children in the home. She uses sign language to communicate things like wanting food, water, or the bathroom. Heidi is observant and reserved when getting to know new people, but she does warm up to people and likes to share with her friends. She is comfortable playing independently and enjoys coloring. She loves to help around the home and can often be found cleaning or helping other kids.

Heidi has a $5000 agency grant offered by a specific grant. #trisomy21awareness #trisomy21 #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #trisomy21princess #nothingdownaboutit #upsyndrome #theluckyfew http://reecesrainbow.org/121849/heidi-2
Cute #Heidi  is identifying her ABCs and is able to write her alphabet. With some assistance she is able to write numbers 1 through 10. She receives tutoring from in home teachers and participates in other various learning activities at home. Her speech has improved greatly, but she would benefit from speech therapy. She is verbal, but not everything is understood by those who don’t know her well. She speaks in sentences of 2-3 words in both English and her native language, and can name caregivers and other children in the home. She uses sign language to communicate things like wanting food, water, or the bathroom. Heidi is observant and reserved when getting to know new people, but she does warm up to people and likes to share with her friends. She is comfortable playing independently and enjoys coloring. She loves to help around the home and can often be found cleaning or helping other kids. Heidi has a $5000 agency grant offered by a specific grant. #trisomy21awareness  #trisomy21  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #trisomy21princess  #nothingdownaboutit  #upsyndrome  #theluckyfew  http://reecesrainbow.org/121849/heidi-2
Little #Haidyn is only 1 year old and is an incredibly #adorable little boy. Just look at that little grin! Melt.my.heart into a puddle on the floor. Haidyn has #DownSyndrome and an extra digit on his right hand. Haidyn recognizes his name when it is called and rolls over independently. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He is a smiley little fellow and like his bouncy seat. This little guy needs a family! Could he be your son?

Haidyn’s current agency has a $4000 grant available towards his adoption fees. Can you think of any good reason this baby should wait for a family? Neither can I. http://reecesrainbow.org/121223/haidyn #trisomy21awareness #trisomy21 #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadoption
Little #Haidyn  is only 1 year old and is an incredibly #adorable  little boy. Just look at that little grin! Melt.my.heart into a puddle on the floor. Haidyn has #DownSyndrome  and an extra digit on his right hand. Haidyn recognizes his name when it is called and rolls over independently. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He is a smiley little fellow and like his bouncy seat. This little guy needs a family! Could he be your son? Haidyn’s current agency has a $4000 grant available towards his adoption fees. Can you think of any good reason this baby should wait for a family? Neither can I. http://reecesrainbow.org/121223/haidyn #trisomy21awareness  #trisomy21  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #downsyndromeadoption 
Meet Sweet #Mindey! She is 5, waits in #China & has #downsyndrome. She has a $16k grant towards her #adoption from #rodsracing  She will add so much #fun & #joy to a lucky #family! http://reecesrainbow.org/87449/mindey #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeadoption #trisomy21awareness
Beautiful Little #Rebecca waits in #LatinAmerica. She was born in 2014, & has #downsyndrome. Rebecca has an infectious smile and the Tías love asking her for a hug because she will run and jump in their arms for a full body hug! She has a favorite doll with rosy cheeks that she takes with her everywhere, and shows her to everyone. http://reecesrainbow.org/118182/rebecca #daughter #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #trisomy21awareness #trisomy21 #adopt #adoptionrocks
Beautiful Little #Rebecca  waits in #LatinAmerica . She was born in 2014, & has #downsyndrome . Rebecca has an infectious smile and the Tías love asking her for a hug because she will run and jump in their arms for a full body hug! She has a favorite doll with rosy cheeks that she takes with her everywhere, and shows her to everyone. http://reecesrainbow.org/118182/rebecca #daughter  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #trisomy21awareness  #trisomy21  #adopt  #adoptionrocks 
Adorable #James has been listed since 2012, when He was just a year old. Is it finally his turn to be #chosen? #Healthy besides his #downsyndrome. Waiting in #LatinAmerica. $7.7k grant available. http://reecesrainbow.org/31691/james-la #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #t21 #trisomy21 #trisomy21awareness
As part of our participation in the Disabilities Works II conference coming up at Old National Bank, we were challenged to come up with something awesome for our booth. We decided on a video project on self-advocates with Down syndrome in the workplace, which is currently in the editing stage by our friend 3 Tree Films. In the meantime, we would like to thank all of the area businesses who employ our self-advocates. This is just the first in a series of posts about how #DSworks for Evansville and the Tri-State, so be on the look out for more information on how our self-advocates love their jobs in the community and how you as an employer might consider a more inclusive workplace by hiring a self-advocate with Down syndrome or other disability. Thank you for your time in reading this, and please share if you have a moment!!! Warmest regards, Nikki Warner Davis, SMILE on Down Syndrome Executive Director

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As part of our participation in the Disabilities Works II conference coming up at Old National Bank, we were challenged to come up with something awesome for our booth. We decided on a video project on self-advocates with Down syndrome in the workplace, which is currently in the editing stage by our friend 3 Tree Films. In the meantime, we would like to thank all of the area businesses who employ our self-advocates. This is just the first in a series of posts about how #DSworks  for Evansville and the Tri-State, so be on the look out for more information on how our self-advocates love their jobs in the community and how you as an employer might consider a more inclusive workplace by hiring a self-advocate with Down syndrome or other disability. Thank you for your time in reading this, and please share if you have a moment!!! Warmest regards, Nikki Warner Davis, SMILE on Down Syndrome Executive Director #downsyndrome  #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth 
Don't forget, register by October 6 to guarantee yourself a fabulous Baltimore Buddy Walk® 2017 tee shirt! What color do YOU think our shirts will be this year?? Drop your guesses below!
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#baltimorebuddywalk #buddywalk #bmorebuddywalk #baltimorebuddywalk2017 #innerharbor #cdspg #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeacceptance #downsyndromeadvocacy #t21 #trisomy21
Love this pendant! Why? Because I love butterflies and their meaning. They mean beauty, life, hope and change. I see that in my son. #momsofdownsyndrome 
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CDSPG members do a lot in the world of advocacy, including volunteering their time to speak to future educators about Down syndrome! We had a great time chatting with these Early Childhood Education students last night! .
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Meet #Natasha! This girl has only been in the #orphanage since September 2015. She is very #cheerful and open for contact with other people. She has no problems with behavior and is very #obedient.  She is #calm and emotionally stable. She likes to be around and play with younger children. Her  life style is very #active – she likes to ride a bike and roller skating – but she has a problem with her weight.  She is a caring and friendly girl who likes to cuddle. http://reecesrainbow.org/121296/natasha #downsyndrome #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #girlswaittoo #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #lifeisbetterwithyou
Meet #Natasha ! This girl has only been in the #orphanage  since September 2015. She is very #cheerful  and open for contact with other people. She has no problems with behavior and is very #obedient . She is #calm  and emotionally stable. She likes to be around and play with younger children. Her life style is very #active  – she likes to ride a bike and roller skating – but she has a problem with her weight. She is a caring and friendly girl who likes to cuddle. http://reecesrainbow.org/121296/natasha #downsyndrome  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #girlswaittoo  #theluckyfew  #nothingdownaboutit  #lifeisbetterwithyou 
Little #Caden has the cutest chubby cheeks! Caden likes to be active and play with toys –toys that make sounds and have bright colors are his favorite! He also likes to listen to music. His nannies tell us when he hears music he will stop playing with his toys for a minute while he attentively listens to the melody – it is very cute! Sweet Caden is very cuddly, and seems to be happiest when he is sitting in his nanny’s arms. http://reecesrainbow.org/121339/caden #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #downsyndromeadoption #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #adoptaboy #boyswaitlonger #boysarejoys #trisomy21awareness
Little #Caden  has the cutest chubby cheeks! Caden likes to be active and play with toys –toys that make sounds and have bright colors are his favorite! He also likes to listen to music. His nannies tell us when he hears music he will stop playing with his toys for a minute while he attentively listens to the melody – it is very cute! Sweet Caden is very cuddly, and seems to be happiest when he is sitting in his nanny’s arms. http://reecesrainbow.org/121339/caden #theluckyfew  #trisomy21  #downsyndromeadoption  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #adoptaboy  #boyswaitlonger  #boysarejoys  #trisomy21awareness 
Cute #Guy likes to play with toys that are brightly colored, and he is very happy watching other kiddos sing, dance, and play around him. He loves to interact with his caretakers and will babble excitedly as he plays with them! They tell us he is generally a smiley, happy boy who rarely cries. http://reecesrainbow.org/121344/guy #theluckyfew #lifeisbetterwithyou #trisomy21 #downsyndrome #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #sweetboy #babyboy
Isn’t #Caleb #precious?! He’s a #quiet one and it shows. He’s affectionate and loves being cuddled. #Fantastic eye contact and connection with his ayis. He needs a #mama so much! http://reecesrainbow.org/121246/caleb #theluckyfew #buildalongertable #upsanddowns #upsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #trisomy21 #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromecutie #t21baby
Cute #Marcus is the definition of #adorable! This sweet boy with his kissable cheeks and happiest little grin recently turned two years old. Marcus was born with #downsyndrome. He is an energetic little guy. When he would be laid down for a nap, he used to wiggle around to the point of trapping himself in his blanket. He knew just how to get out by giving a good cry to get his nanny to the rescue! Marcus appears to have a good attention span, and he will happily play, babble, or simply watch whatever is going on in the home. His nanny says that with his bright eyes and sweet smile, Marcus makes people want to cuddle and talk to him. http://reecesrainbow.org/120806/markus #theluckyfew #t21 #t21love #t21baby #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy
Cute #Marcus  is the definition of #adorable ! This sweet boy with his kissable cheeks and happiest little grin recently turned two years old. Marcus was born with #downsyndrome . He is an energetic little guy. When he would be laid down for a nap, he used to wiggle around to the point of trapping himself in his blanket. He knew just how to get out by giving a good cry to get his nanny to the rescue! Marcus appears to have a good attention span, and he will happily play, babble, or simply watch whatever is going on in the home. His nanny says that with his bright eyes and sweet smile, Marcus makes people want to cuddle and talk to him. http://reecesrainbow.org/120806/markus #theluckyfew  #t21  #t21love  #t21baby  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy 
Smiley #Quinnlee is a very #active and #inquisitive, #happy girl. She responds to voices and her name, follows moving objects with her eyes and searches for dropped objects. In addition to having a few words she can communicate with gestures to express her wants/needs. She is able to maintain eye contact and is said to be a good sleeper. #girlswaittoo #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #upsanddowns #trisomy21 #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy @alllifeisbeautiful
Cute #Charley is an #active little guy with a good #appetite. He can dress himself, including buttoning and unbuttoning his jacket. He speaks short sentences of 2-3 words and can point to his eyes, ears, nose, and other body parts if asked. Charley has a #ready smile and his favorite thing to do is to #play with his friends. http://reecesrainbow.org/120396/charley #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #nothingdownaboutit #lifeisbetterwithyou
What a #cutie! This Little #babyboy is #Kellan, & He was born earlier This year. Can he Possibly be any cuter? http://reecesrainbow.org/120949/kellan-2 #lovingfamily #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #upsanddowns #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #lifeisbetterwithyou #trisomy21rocks
October will be here before we know it. Who's excited?!?! 🎉🎉🎉🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚒🚑🚓💛💙💛💙 #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeadvocacy #autism #autismawareness #autismadvocacy #morealikethandifferent #changingthefaceofbeauty
Baby #Erin is a beautiful 20-month-old baby girl who is said to be easy-going and #gentle. http://reecesrainbow.org/120745/erin-2 #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #chdwarriorprincess #chdfighter #chdawarenessphotochallenge #babygirl #adoptionsaveslives
Loved getting to see my dear friend and art student Brian at today's @smileondownsyndrome #pokerrun! #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeadvocacy #autism #autismawareness #autismadvocacy #morealikethandifferent #changingthefaceofbeauty
Wide-eyed #Eddie is #curious and explores by rolling over in his crib and play mat. Eddie was born with #Downsyndrome and a #heartdefect. He was abandoned as a #frail, thin #baby who struggled with #digestiveissues. Under the loving care of his nannies, his eating has improved and he is clearly more comfortable and putting on a little #chub. He #sweetly comforts himself by sucking his thumb. 
There’s no doubt this little cutie will benefit greatly from joining a family!

Families qualify for a $7,500 subsidy through his current agency. #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #adoptaboy #boysarejoys #boyswaitlonger #boysneedsmommastoo #bethegood #bethelove
Wide-eyed #Eddie  is #curious  and explores by rolling over in his crib and play mat. Eddie was born with #Downsyndrome  and a #heartdefect . He was abandoned as a #frail , thin #baby  who struggled with #digestiveissues . Under the loving care of his nannies, his eating has improved and he is clearly more comfortable and putting on a little #chub . He #sweetly  comforts himself by sucking his thumb. There’s no doubt this little cutie will benefit greatly from joining a family! Families qualify for a $7,500 subsidy through his current agency. #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #adoptaboy  #boysarejoys  #boyswaitlonger  #boysneedsmommastoo  #bethegood  #bethelove 
Cute #Davina is an #energetic little girl who gets along well with others. Her favorite toys are #balloons and #toycars. http://reecesrainbow.org/120400/davina #mamaseeme #bethedifference #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawareness #Downsyndrome #daughter #adoptagirl
I am both disgusted and disappointed with some people in this world! I know this will be perceived as religious or maybe even about rights, but I'm going to speak up! Yes, I was scared to death when I found out I would have a child with Down syndrome, yes, the world made me scared. If we would just have more compassion, more love and respect for human life, people wouldn't be afraid of being different. There wouldn't be so much hate in this crazy world! I'm ashamed of people who think babies should be killed because of their disabilities. What makes their own life worthy? Everyone's life is worth living! I cannot imagine our lives with out our Jordan Grace...she's full of life, full of joy, full of hope, full of worth!!! It's plain and simple, if someone doesn't want kids, avoid the obvious! If someone doesn't want to gain weight work out and eat well, it's common sense people. Where's the rights of all these unborn children??? Why should the rights of the person who doesn't want a kid over trump the precious life without fault? I'm sadden and sick to my stomach to learn of these horrible people (including the "professional" who pressured me to eliminate my own pregnancy) who think it's ok to just discard a life in the garbage like a piece of trash. BE KIND! RESPECT! INCLUDE! Get EDUCATED! 😊
I am both disgusted and disappointed with some people in this world! I know this will be perceived as religious or maybe even about rights, but I'm going to speak up! Yes, I was scared to death when I found out I would have a child with Down syndrome, yes, the world made me scared. If we would just have more compassion, more love and respect for human life, people wouldn't be afraid of being different. There wouldn't be so much hate in this crazy world! I'm ashamed of people who think babies should be killed because of their disabilities. What makes their own life worthy? Everyone's life is worth living! I cannot imagine our lives with out our Jordan Grace...she's full of life, full of joy, full of hope, full of worth!!! It's plain and simple, if someone doesn't want kids, avoid the obvious! If someone doesn't want to gain weight work out and eat well, it's common sense people. Where's the rights of all these unborn children??? Why should the rights of the person who doesn't want a kid over trump the precious life without fault? I'm sadden and sick to my stomach to learn of these horrible people (including the "professional" who pressured me to eliminate my own pregnancy) who think it's ok to just discard a life in the garbage like a piece of trash. BE KIND! RESPECT! INCLUDE! Get EDUCATED! 😊
This is #Jill. Jill is a beautiful young lady who needs a loving, experienced family.  She is considered profoundly delayed.  She does attend a school for children with special needs, and she does recv therapy and specialized care in her orphanage. http://reecesrainbow.org/47791/jill-l22 $15k grant available. Ages out in january. #bethedifference #mamaseeme #adoptionislove #adoptionrocks #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromeadvocacy
Little #Samuel is described as a #bright and #pleasant boy. He enjoys being held by his caretakers. He enjoys playing with toys. Samuel can crawl and sit without help. He will respond by turning his head when he hears his name, and he can understand simple instructions. His current agency has additional information and videos available. http://reecesrainbow.org/120423/samuel #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #boyswaitlonger #Babyboy #nothingdownaboutit #upsanddowns
Little #Samuel  is described as a #bright  and #pleasant  boy. He enjoys being held by his caretakers. He enjoys playing with toys. Samuel can crawl and sit without help. He will respond by turning his head when he hears his name, and he can understand simple instructions. His current agency has additional information and videos available. http://reecesrainbow.org/120423/samuel #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #boyswaitlonger  #Babyboy  #nothingdownaboutit  #upsanddowns 
Handsome #Christian attends school and gets good references from his teachers, he is starting to express his opinion – murmurs when tries to answer.  Active and joyful and as most boys – he likes cars and playing with them.Christian has amazing potential….what a joy to get to watch him grow and thrive in a forever family!  #Olderparents, #largefamilies, and #singlemoms welcome.  Great program! http://reecesrainbow.org/47934/christian-l11 $15k grant available towards his #adoption. #boysneedsmommastoo #boyswaitlonger #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawareness #olderchildadoption
Handsome #Christian  attends school and gets good references from his teachers, he is starting to express his opinion – murmurs when tries to answer. Active and joyful and as most boys – he likes cars and playing with them.Christian has amazing potential….what a joy to get to watch him grow and thrive in a forever family! #Olderparents , #largefamilies , and #singlemoms  welcome. Great program! http://reecesrainbow.org/47934/christian-l11 $15k grant available towards his #adoption . #boysneedsmommastoo  #boyswaitlonger  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawareness  #olderchildadoption 
Happy #Jasper likes to play with balls that are brightly colored! He can sit alone and crawl around. He will crawl to look at himself in a #mirror. Jasper likes to play #interactive games with caretakers. He enjoys playing #peak-a-boo and will laugh out loud when playing with caretakers. http://reecesrainbow.org/120418/jasper-5 #adoptme #adoptionrocks #orphan #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawareness #boysarejoys #boyswaitlonger #boysneedsmommastoo #chdawarenessphotochallenge #chdfighter #chdbaby
Happy #Jasper  likes to play with balls that are brightly colored! He can sit alone and crawl around. He will crawl to look at himself in a #mirror . Jasper likes to play #interactive  games with caretakers. He enjoys playing #peak -a-boo and will laugh out loud when playing with caretakers. http://reecesrainbow.org/120418/jasper-5 #adoptme  #adoptionrocks  #orphan  #downsyndromecutie  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawareness  #boysarejoys  #boyswaitlonger  #boysneedsmommastoo  #chdawarenessphotochallenge  #chdfighter  #chdbaby 
This little #girl is #Lianne. She is 3 years old, & waits in #latinamerica. She has #downsyndrome, & is generally #healthy. She really needs a #foreverfamily to grow up in. http://reecesrainbow.org/118302/lianne #mamaseeme #girlswaittoo #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromeadvocacy #specialneedsadoption #downsyndromeisbeautiful #babygirl #bethegood #bethelove #bethedifference
Little #Walker likes being held and tickled in his foster home. If you ever need him to make a funny face or #giggle, let him see himself on a #camera.

Walker’s current agency is offering a $4000 grant to qualifying families. http://reecesrainbow.org/120297/walker #Babyboy #downsyndrome #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawareness #upsanddowns #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #china #adoptaboy #boyswaitlonger #boysarejoys #mamaseeme
Little #Walker  likes being held and tickled in his foster home. If you ever need him to make a funny face or #giggle , let him see himself on a #camera . Walker’s current agency is offering a $4000 grant to qualifying families. http://reecesrainbow.org/120297/walker #Babyboy  #downsyndrome  #downsyndromecutie  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeawareness  #upsanddowns  #nothingdownaboutit  #theluckyfew  #china  #adoptaboy  #boyswaitlonger  #boysarejoys  #mamaseeme 
Cute #Emmaline is a #sweet little #girl who raises her arms to be picked up when she sees her caregiver coming. She understands instructions like “give me the toy”, “hug me”, “wave goodbye”, and “clap hands”. She doesn’t say words yet, but is making sounds. http://reecesrainbow.org/120535/emmaline-3 Will you be her #foreverfamily?#downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromeawareness #chdawarenessphotochallenge #chdwarriorprincess #ventrcularseptaldefect #malnourished #malnutrition #malnutritionawareness
Cute #Emmaline  is a #sweet  little #girl  who raises her arms to be picked up when she sees her caregiver coming. She understands instructions like “give me the toy”, “hug me”, “wave goodbye”, and “clap hands”. She doesn’t say words yet, but is making sounds. http://reecesrainbow.org/120535/emmaline-3 Will you be her #foreverfamily ?#downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromerocks  #downsyndromecutie  #downsyndromeawareness  #chdawarenessphotochallenge  #chdwarriorprincess  #ventrcularseptaldefect  #malnourished  #malnutrition  #malnutritionawareness 
This Sweet little boy needs a #foreverfamily! #Babyboy #Cyril was born This year, & has #downsyndrome & #hiv. He would benefit so much from growing up in a #family instead of an #orphanage! http://reecesrainbow.org/120462/cyril #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #adoptionislove #adoptionrocks #changetheworld #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromecutie💙💛👼🏼 #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromeawareness #hivaids #hivawareness #hivcampaign #hivactivist
Sweet #Faith #Ann has a $15k grant towards her #adoption thanks to @rodsracing She would be a #wonderful #daughter in a #foreverfamily. http://reecesrainbow.org/106844/faith-ann #downsyndrome #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeisbeautiful #downsyndromeadvocacy #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #changetheworld
Come along with me as I attend the #2017NDSC National Down Syndrome Congress conference in Sacramento.
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From workshops, vendors, awards and dances. This will sure be the place to be next week.
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#downsyndrome
#downsyndromeconvention
#downsyndromeadvocacy
#downsyndromespeaker
#advocacymatters
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#proudtobechosen 
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Come along with me as I attend the #2017NDSC  National Down Syndrome Congress conference in Sacramento. * * Follow me as I attend workshops, man a booth (as Interim Executive Director for Lumind RDS), network, cultivate friendships, and have fun learning by following me at #marlaatndsc  * * People from all over the globe will be attending the #2017NDSC  convention to hear the latest information in the world of down syndrome from world-renowned experts on how to care and support their loved ones with #downsyndrome . * * Parents and caregivers learn about how to advocate, educate and care for their loved ones with Down Syndrome. * * While #selfadvocates  come together to learn, and create friendships. * * And siblings share about their life having a sibling with Down Syndrome. * * From workshops, vendors, awards and dances. This will sure be the place to be next week. * * #downsyndrome  #downsyndromeconvention  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromespeaker  #advocacymatters  #thereisareason  #proudtobechosen  #ourlove4downsyndrome 
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Down Syndrome Association of Laredo  Our mission is to bring families of individuals with down syndrome together for educational, emotional and social support . We encourage and invite all members of our community and surrounding areas to our monthly meetings and/or events. #dsalaredo #advocacy #DownSyndromeAdvocacy
Find us on Facebook Down Syndrome Association of Laredo Our mission is to bring families of individuals with down syndrome together for educational, emotional and social support . We encourage and invite all members of our community and surrounding areas to our monthly meetings and/or events. #dsalaredo  #advocacy  #DownSyndromeAdvocacy 
Malachi is home!!! I've prayed so much for this precious angel to come home to his amazing family! So to be present the moment he stepped off the elevator along with his loving mother, I couldn't help the tears from flowing. Knowing Jalena and Emmy has been such a blessing in my life! To watch her bring her son home today has filled my heart with all the goodness that we fail to see each day! Tonight as they sleep under the same roof in his forever home, I thank God for answering so many prayers! 💙 you are home sweet Malachi and you are so loved! 🦋
Malachi is home!!! I've prayed so much for this precious angel to come home to his amazing family! So to be present the moment he stepped off the elevator along with his loving mother, I couldn't help the tears from flowing. Knowing Jalena and Emmy has been such a blessing in my life! To watch her bring her son home today has filled my heart with all the goodness that we fail to see each day! Tonight as they sleep under the same roof in his forever home, I thank God for answering so many prayers! 💙 you are home sweet Malachi and you are so loved! 🦋
Waiting for Malachi to come home!! ❤️
Waiting for Malachi to come home!! ❤️
Just dropped my baby girl off on her last day of Pre-K...had to use a filter cause I'm a royal mess!
Just dropped my baby girl off on her last day of Pre-K...had to use a filter cause I'm a royal mess!
Happy Thursday friends!! Rainy and cold today! But this little lady brings tons of sunshine into our lives! ☀️
Happy Thursday friends!! Rainy and cold today! But this little lady brings tons of sunshine into our lives! ☀️
Blessed beyond words!! So happy to be a part of this amazing @cdndownsyndrome community. Our sweet team had an awesome walk!! #go21 ❤️
Blessed beyond words!! So happy to be a part of this amazing @cdndownsyndrome community. Our sweet team had an awesome walk!! #go21  ❤️
By @toothbrushpillow it is a wonderful tool to help our loved ones with different abilities to have some independence!!! ❤ This is Jordan Grace approved!!
By @toothbrushpillow it is a wonderful tool to help our loved ones with different abilities to have some independence!!! ❤ This is Jordan Grace approved!!
There's a mother somewhere out there with an appointment for termination of her pregnancy because she found out her baby would have Down syndrome.  I read this last night and that precious baby and life hasn't left my mind, deep feelings of despair came over me, to the point where I shed tears in a way I hadn't in over three years. I couldn't sleep last night thinking of the unmeasurable love I have for our Jordan Grace and thinking someone being so scared that they may miss out on this precious being. My heart understands the fear, uncertainty and especially the deep dark hole one can fall into. But now that I'm a mother to this precious one, I was never told of how much joy, laughter, love and worry, just like our oldest, she would bring. I was only told of the negative and the scary! If you could say anything positive to someone who has just been diagnosed with a baby with Ds, what would you tell them?
There's a mother somewhere out there with an appointment for termination of her pregnancy because she found out her baby would have Down syndrome. I read this last night and that precious baby and life hasn't left my mind, deep feelings of despair came over me, to the point where I shed tears in a way I hadn't in over three years. I couldn't sleep last night thinking of the unmeasurable love I have for our Jordan Grace and thinking someone being so scared that they may miss out on this precious being. My heart understands the fear, uncertainty and especially the deep dark hole one can fall into. But now that I'm a mother to this precious one, I was never told of how much joy, laughter, love and worry, just like our oldest, she would bring. I was only told of the negative and the scary! If you could say anything positive to someone who has just been diagnosed with a baby with Ds, what would you tell them?
We want Jordan Grace to know that she has Down syndrome, she came up with "It's cool" part. We want her to be proud of who she is, but not defined by her diagnosis. Each day she shows us what she's capable of and we are just here to support and love her, she makes it so easy! 🦋 don't forget to watch our friend @sean_from_born_this_way on @aetv tonight!!! ❤
We want Jordan Grace to know that she has Down syndrome, she came up with "It's cool" part. We want her to be proud of who she is, but not defined by her diagnosis. Each day she shows us what she's capable of and we are just here to support and love her, she makes it so easy! 🦋 don't forget to watch our friend @sean_from_born_this_way on @aetv tonight!!! ❤
I've been working on a book. I stopped writing for about two weeks because it became just so difficult, some chapters bring out all the emotions that bring me down to my knees and take me to that place of deep sorrow. It has been extremely therapeutic but also a bit humbling to open up about some of the feelings I haven't even shared with some of my close friends. Each time I'm about to write, I remove myself as the character and become the reader. I want to be helpful to those who have experienced this kind of pain, to be an advocate and to also be a source of support for anyone who may need or want to talk. So if you are following and need to chat with someone, please know I am here!
I've been working on a book. I stopped writing for about two weeks because it became just so difficult, some chapters bring out all the emotions that bring me down to my knees and take me to that place of deep sorrow. It has been extremely therapeutic but also a bit humbling to open up about some of the feelings I haven't even shared with some of my close friends. Each time I'm about to write, I remove myself as the character and become the reader. I want to be helpful to those who have experienced this kind of pain, to be an advocate and to also be a source of support for anyone who may need or want to talk. So if you are following and need to chat with someone, please know I am here!
Supporting legislation and funding for Inclusive Higher Education for all with @themdsc for Down Syndrome Advocacy Day
Supporting legislation and funding for Inclusive Higher Education for all with @themdsc for Down Syndrome Advocacy Day
Yesterday I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking to student midwives at the #UniversityofBrighton. We were sharing birth stories and talking about the language used when a baby with Down's Syndrome is born. I just showed this picture to Audrey and she said "Daddy's wearing a hat. Daddy's holding a baby." Little does she know, this is Audrey just minutes old. At the time, my world came crashing down, but now I look at this picture and know it's when my world was changed immeasurably for the better. #awesomeaudreyemily #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeadvocacy #tellitright #downssyndromeassociation
Yesterday I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking to student midwives at the #UniversityofBrighton . We were sharing birth stories and talking about the language used when a baby with Down's Syndrome is born. I just showed this picture to Audrey and she said "Daddy's wearing a hat. Daddy's holding a baby." Little does she know, this is Audrey just minutes old. At the time, my world came crashing down, but now I look at this picture and know it's when my world was changed immeasurably for the better. #awesomeaudreyemily  #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #tellitright  #downssyndromeassociation 
This is how we #WorldDownSyndromeDay!!! Shout out to @1061evansville dj (and #ANightofStarsAndStyle emcee extraordinare) Ryan O'Bryan for coming out to live remote with our self-advocates during our ice cream social celebration 💗💗💗 #downsyndromeadvocacy #morealikethandifferent #downrightperfect💙💛
Keep calm, it's only an extra chromosome ; ) Gotta love #WorldDownSyndromeDay! Ice cream social time 🍦🍧🍨 with some of my favorite peeps!  #downsyndromeadvocacy #morealikethandifferent #downrightperfect
❤️Porque es bella.
Porque tiene un gen extra y eso la hace brillar!✨
Porque las personas con síndrome de Down tienen mucho que aportar al mundo tomemos consciencia y abramos el corazón a la #integracion con infinito amor, respeto y admiración! 🕊
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#downsyndromeawareness
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🙌🏻Gracias @fofuricesdebela por esta preciosa foto de Bela 😍
❤️Porque es bella. Porque tiene un gen extra y eso la hace brillar!✨ Porque las personas con síndrome de Down tienen mucho que aportar al mundo tomemos consciencia y abramos el corazón a la #integracion  con infinito amor, respeto y admiración! 🕊 #SiempreBrillante  #downsyndromeawareness  #diadelsindromededown  🙌🏻Gracias @fofuricesdebela por esta preciosa foto de Bela 😍
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I was so encouraged by this book. Not because I have a child with Down syndrome but because God gave me the unexpected  and asked me to embrace it. Boy oh boy, isn't  it so much sweeter that way?  That's really what the theme of this book is. Boldly stepping into what God is calling you to and watching him make it better then you could have thought up on your own. 
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•LINK IN BIO • I finally was able to take time to finish the book #theluckyfew  a couple nights ago. • • I was so encouraged by this book. Not because I have a child with Down syndrome but because God gave me the unexpected and asked me to embrace it. Boy oh boy, isn't it so much sweeter that way? That's really what the theme of this book is. Boldly stepping into what God is calling you to and watching him make it better then you could have thought up on your own. Such a good read. If you are looking for encouragement I recommend #theluckyfew  100%!! • • Still available for preorder and there are lots of awesome freebies that come along with it! 4 days until the release date (WDSD!!) so hurry!! 😉😉 • LINK IN BIO! #theluckyfew  #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #downsyndromeadoption  #adoption  #nothingdownaboutit  #theavisfamily 
"I get angry, understanding that we had let our culture taint us into thinking that Down Syndrome should go on the con list when it should have been one of our pros. Friends, Down Syndrome is only ever a pro." • 
FRIENDS! I have the absolute privilege of being apart of the #LuckyFew book launch team!! I have been following @macymakesmyday on Instagram since shortly after I had Moses. In the beginning learning about Down Syndrome was very intimidating, but seeing the Avis family (via Instagram ) live a normal life while having 2 children with DS, was such an encouragement. 
I am only 3 chapters in and I have been in tears more than once! The good kind!  This book is not just about Down Syndrome. It is SO much more. I'll be giving updates as I read! 
I encourage you to consider preordering this book so that you too can share in this beautiful story.  Hits the shelves 3/21/17 !  World Down syndrome day!! #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromeadoption #downsyndromeadvocacy #adoption #theluckyfew #downisup #nothingdownaboutit #heatherAvis #theAvisfamily
"I get angry, understanding that we had let our culture taint us into thinking that Down Syndrome should go on the con list when it should have been one of our pros. Friends, Down Syndrome is only ever a pro." • FRIENDS! I have the absolute privilege of being apart of the #LuckyFew  book launch team!! I have been following @macymakesmyday on Instagram since shortly after I had Moses. In the beginning learning about Down Syndrome was very intimidating, but seeing the Avis family (via Instagram ) live a normal life while having 2 children with DS, was such an encouragement. I am only 3 chapters in and I have been in tears more than once! The good kind! This book is not just about Down Syndrome. It is SO much more. I'll be giving updates as I read! I encourage you to consider preordering this book so that you too can share in this beautiful story. Hits the shelves 3/21/17 ! World Down syndrome day!! #downsyndromeawareness  #downsyndromeadoption  #downsyndromeadvocacy  #adoption  #theluckyfew  #downisup  #nothingdownaboutit  #heatherAvis  #theAvisfamily 
I'm so excited about the release of the Joybells #musicvideo  For those of you who have been wondering, it should be available for your viewing pleasure doing a little after #Christmas ❤️️ #downsyndromeadvocacy #downsyndromawareness #musictherapy #abilitiesnotdisabilities
Lil man is all ready to Buddy Cruise! 💙💛⚓️ #downsyndromeawareness @buddycruiseinc .
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Lil man is all ready to Buddy Cruise! 💙💛⚓️ #downsyndromeawareness  @buddycruiseinc . . . . . .#specialneedskids  #specialneeds  #inclusion  #acceptance  #advocacy  #downsyndrome  #downsyndromeawarenessmonth  #dsawareness  #downsyndromelove  #downsendromu  #sindromededown  #dontlimitme  #changingthefaceofbeauty  @gapkids @gap @gapinc #kidmodel  #modeling  @royalcaribbean_ @oasisoftheseas #cruiselife  #theluckyfew  #t21  #t21rocksss  #trisomia21  #trisomy21  #cruising  #carribeanlife  @changingthefaceofbeauty #50in2017  #ourboy  #travel