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

Sonya
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by Sue McFerren, as told to Iliana Clift I knew the risks of having a child in my 40s, and I intended to love and care for every child God blessed us with, no matter what. Still, when Sonya was born with Down syndrome I was stunned. Recognizing that having a special needs child in our family would dramatically change … Read More

There’s No Place Like a Home-Based Business
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by Mary Beth Franzen Here we go again. One would think I would be used to this by now, but I guess I’m not. The current “career consultant” for my daughter, Rebecca, isn’t going to work out. Time to go back up the chain of command and re-think this process…again. More red tape, more time wasted, more waiting for other … Read More

The Driving Force – Shauya
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by Prachi Sinha You may have read earlier about Shauya Mehotra and his art in our newsletter. The latest feat for Shaurya is that he is driving a car! He may have Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let it stand in his way. From the clutch and the accelerator to the steering wheel, he is working the whole shebang. As … Read More

Arianna
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Arianna is 13 years old. She happened to have been born with one extra chromosome, a fact that is neither positive nor negative but certainly has been a challenge for her in many ways. As parents we learned that the medical term is designated Trisomy 21. We feel very strong about using that term. Verbalizing that our daughter had Down … Read More

Shaurya and Sasha
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by Prachi Sinha, NACD Neurodevelopmentalist in India Shaurya is a young entrepreneur with Down syndrome, and he has made me a very proud evaluator. Shaurya, along with another young man, Sashank (also with Down syndrome), runs a small business called Sasha. Sasha began its journey from Thailand about 2 years back when the moms of the two boys got together … Read More

Abby’s Road
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By Ellen Doman Abby is a bright and chatty young lady. She recently turned seven and attends first grade at her local elementary school. Abby has been with NACD since she was almost three. By age four she was on age level for her auditory processing. She was reading high interest words and speaking in short sentences. She enjoyed talking … Read More

AISHANIE SAIGAL
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by Prachi Sinha NACD Evaluator India I have heard Bob say quite a few times that “little girls are dangerous,” and this brag is about one such little girl. Aishanie Saigal is a three year old ball of energy who has a lot to say about her world. She was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, and she has had … Read More

Down Syndrome: The Importance of Crawling on the Stomach
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Robert J. Doman Jr. and Ellen R. Doman National Association for Child Development One of the areas of parental concern for the development of any baby is the area of mobility. Watching a baby learn to crawl, creep, stand and walk are thrilling to all parents. As a parent we can see our child learn to better explore their world … Read More

NACD Kids: “Bobby Lyons” This Teen is College Bound
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by Nancy Lyons It’s that time of year when many high school seniors look forward to being accepted to the college of their choice. In the Lyons household, there is big reason to celebrate, as Bobby learned that he was accepted to a college in New York state, where he plans to major in Sociology. Many would say that the … Read More

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