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inclusion through sport

The other day, I had a well-meaning but very discouraging conversation about Unified Sports that only solidified the importance of its mission: to create opportunities for disability awareness, acceptance, and inclusion in sport and in the greater community. “So is that basketball team just for the special needs kids or do the regular students play…

a mother to two

The other week, I did a brave thing. I also got my wisdom teeth out on that same week, but that pales in comparison. As I was in prep for surgery, I was asked the typical small talk question, “do you have any kids?” To which I answered, “yes,” and was further asked how many.…

before #theluckyfew (featured on the mighty)

THIS POST WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED ON THE MIGHTY: here! Down syndrome. You more than likely know what that is, and if you couldn’t provide the medical definition, you probably have met someone who was born with it. You’ve probably seen the hashtags, #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #morealikethandifferent. You might remember Becky from Glee. Maybe you have seen “Where…

sometimes frowns // never “downs”

No Matt Man story time for this post. Simply two important bits of information for you all. I know all of the pictures I share of my brother or William show smiles or sillies. Much of the time these pictures are representative of their overall positivity and joy-filled personalities. Even though happiness seems to exude…

feet flops // loves cops

Learning fact: people with Down syndrome have hypotonia (low muscle tone). Because of this, they are often “floppier” and more flexible, and their feet have a way of slapping the ground when they walk. As a result, Matthew’s walk is quite distinctive, and even at age 20, he can pull both of his feet behind…

when dr pepper changed my life

2011 was halfway through my senior year of high school. I had done my college visits, received my letters of acceptance, and had the daunting task of making a decision of which institution to attend for higher education. Hope College was my first choice. But of course, money was an unfortunate factor in making this…