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Meet these amazing parents who champion those with Down syndrome


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 10/17/21

Behind every child with Down syndrome is a parent who decided to say "yes" to life.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, so we wanted to not only draw attention to incredible people with Down syndrome who’ve overcome society’s prejudices, but also introduce you to a few amazing parents who not only have their children’s backs, but are showing the world what a positive force their children have been on them.

These are just a very few stories of parents empowering their kids, and providing a better future for others with Down syndrome:

Ensuring a future for his children

This dad not only helped his children with Down syndrome fulfill their dreams, he also provided the entire family with an opportunity to work together.

Meet the father giving his kids with Down syndrome a great start in life

Learning from his daughter

This dad not only helped his daughter become a champion golfer, he also took the time to learn from her.

How a golfer with Down syndrome gave her dad a valuable life lesson

Taking inspiration from her daughter

This mom’s experience with her young daughter inspired her to raise a huge sum to ensure other kids with Down syndrome can get an education.

Mom raises over $1 million to fund education for people with Down syndrome

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Letting his world be rocked … for the good!

A rock star was so moved by his child’s experience that it completely changed how he saw his music. The changes are a true testimony of how much love and joy a child with Down syndrome can bring to a parent’s life.

How having a baby with Down syndrome changed this rock star’s music

Providing jobs and awareness

Bitty and Beau’s is the brainchild of a mom who has twins with Down syndrome. Like many parents of children with intellectual disabilities, the Wrights learned from their own experience and decided to create an inclusive place where people who may face difficulties in the professional world can find work and community.

Coffee shop hiring people with Down syndrome is fast becoming a beloved chain

Standing up for the vulnerable

Funny woman Patricia Heaton used her celebrity status to draw the world’s attention to Iceland’s “elimination” of those with Down syndrome through the country’s abortion policy. The mom of four wasn’t afraid to stand up for those who don’t have a voice.

Patricia Heaton said what we all thought about CBS’s “eliminate Down syndrome” tweet

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