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Maternal Differences and Down Syndrome Advocacy
Despite having in common the care and raising a son or daughter with Down syndrome, it's likely that we will get along with about 1in 10 other moms we meet in advocacy or support groups. As parents of a son or daughter with DS, our only credentials in the advocacy community are second-hand.

Nurturing Parents of Babies with Disabilities
There are simple steps advocates, friends and family can take to support and nurture parents the first full year after their baby is diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability, is injured, or develops a physical illness or other condition.

Down Syndrome - Parent to Parent Contact
Families of babies newly diagnosed with Down syndrome may not have access to information or encouragement until their babies enroll in early intervention services and may be on wait lists. Parent groups rely on volunteers to put together info packets or welcome baskets and make hospital visits.

End Aversive Restraints and Seclusion in School
Use of time-out or seclusion rooms, physical restraints and other aversive techniques for any child ~ and especially for students who communicate mainly through their behavior ~ should be eliminated from the written policies and all practices of our children's schools, care and education facilities

Baby Sign Language
Babies who learn to communicate with sign language before they are able to say words may be more inspired to communicate with us, and feel less frustrated due to unmet needs and desires

Thoughts from the Middle of the Night
When my son was born with Down syndrome, I could not imagine his kindergarten year in a mainstream classroom, with friends and birthday parties, learning to read and write, or sharing his thoughts during story time. I thank all the moms looking forward, who are always reaching back to help others.


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