Autism Spectrum Marcus: Ten Years Later
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as told to Iliana Clift Years ago I hung a quote by the Roman orator Cicero on Marcus’s bulletin board that said, “The greater the difficulty…the greater the glory.” This quote describes our journey with Marcus quite well. When we first started the NACD program, he hardly had any speech at all. He was extremely sensitive to sounds and textures, … Read More

Justin
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by Carol Johnson, as told to Iliana Clift When I last wrote about Justin, he was thirteen and going into seventh grade in middle school. (*See link below.) He still mostly used a wheelchair, required a one-on-one aide at school, his vision was quite limited, and unless I used a huge marker board to help him with homework, reading independently … Read More

No Limits: Luke
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by Janine Little, as told to Iliana Clift It breaks my heart to say it, but before we started the NACD program Luke was like a wild animal. He dashed here and there, climbed on tables and cabinets, jumped off and started all over again. He rocked precariously on the seat and back of a recliner while watching television, lined … Read More

Troop of Two: Mission – Friends Beyond Borders
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by Prachi Sinha Recently I had the opportunity to host the most interesting event, and I have been anxious to tell you all about it. I received a request from the Israeli Embassy in India to host a group of 11 young adults with Down syndrome and 11 of their siblings/cousins. The embassy had requested for a mixer where the … Read More

Kaitlyn: Just Getting Started
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Kaitlyn was eleven years old when she stumbled upon a book I was reading. She brought it to me and, as if she had just discovered a brand new planet, she exclaimed with a sparkle in her voice, “Mom, these kids are like me!” My heart skipped a beat— she was obviously ready to learn that the children in the … Read More

NACD ANNOUNCES AMBASSADORS FOR DOWN SYNDROME
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April 8th, 2014 The National Association for Child Development and the NACD Foundation Announce the Appointment of Kaitlyn and Lisa Law as NACD’s Ambassadors for Down Syndrome. We are happy to announce that Kaitlyn Law, a 23-year old young lady with Down syndrome, and her mother, advocate, and cheerleader, Lisa, have been appointed as the Foundation’s Ambassadors for Down Syndrome. … Read More

Healthy Living for Special Needs (Book)
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My friend, Isabel, one of our many great NACD moms, who comes to us all the way from Guatemala, has been doing a fantastic job with her son Eddy. In the process of determining what is best for Eddy, Isabel has turned herself into an expert on nutrition and environmental toxins. She has written a great book explaining the nutritional … Read More

Holiday Gifts for NACD Kids & Adults
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by Ellen Doman Here we are again approaching the holiday season. Many parents express confusion as to what to tell family members to get for the children or even what they, themselves, might get them. We have often spent quite a bit of time telling parents what not to allow the child to have in the way of toys. That … Read More

From Passion to Profit: The Story of AD Digital
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by Gena Daunhauer “Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love.” These are the words of Gary Vaynerchuk in his book Why Now is the Time to CRUSH IT! Cash … Read More

Passionate Learning
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by Lyn Waldeck When I first started training with Bob back in the early to mid 1990s, I was fortunate to be able to sit through hundreds of evaluations with him. Hundreds of times I heard him ask the question, “So Johnny, what do you do for fun?” One evening over a working dinner meeting he went to great lengths … Read More

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