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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…

advocacy is a privilege

I love advocacy. It is one of my strengths and one of my delights. It is important for me as a parent, as a teacher, as a sibling, and as a person with my own individual needs. We all need advocacy to some degree. We all need to stand up for ourselves, fight for what…

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…

arch flat // name Matt

HAPPY DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH! Who doesn’t love October?! DS awareness is just one more reason for this month to be your favorite. I am the sibling of an individual with Down syndrome, and the future adoptive mama of another. Friend to some, teacher to others, jiejie to others still. Down syndrome blesses me daily.…

caring over staring

  howdy. Sitting in my journal, I have a million and one titles for a series of stories that surround my sweet brother (and I am so excited about them!), but here is numero uno. If you’re new here, my younger brother M has Down syndrome. Next to Jesus, he’s been my whole world up…