Adorable Down Syndrome Baby Gets A Modeling Job With OshKosh B’gosh

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After a modeling agency snubbed this adorable baby’s photos because he has Down syndrome, people around the world reacted.

And now he’s got a job with OshKosh B’gosh!

It’s Not Scary. It’s Beautiful.

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News from Armenia: Sam’s Welcome Home!

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News from Armenia: WELCOME HOME SAM!!!!

Source: http://www.mlive.com

By Angie Jackson

-a9157422d62d8e87 GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Smiling and laughing through tears, Sam Bode’s new extended family erupted into cheers as they spotted the 4-year-old and his adoptive parents at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Moments before, the huddle of grandparents, aunts, an uncle and cousins had grown quiet from nervousness and excitement. Over the past two years, they’ve only been able to communicate with the cheerful boy via Facetime while his parents, Erica and Jeff Bode, went through the lengthy process to adopt him from Armenia. On Wednesday night, he was officially welcomed into the tight-knit West Michigan family.

Sam, who has Down syndrome, arrived at the airport with the Bodes and their son Jack, 8, after the last leg of their trip home from Armenia. He has spent his entire life in an orphanage.

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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with Hopscotch Superkid!

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She Inspired Those With Down Syndrome As Unstoppable

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

By Theresa Vargas

pioneer_2016030902731457556429 Laura Lee took pride in her résumé. On it, separated by bold lettering and bullet points, she listed one achievement after another: She graduated from George Mason University. She worked at the World Bank. She volunteered at a food bank. She spoke at national conventions.

Not mentioned: She was born with Down syndrome.

For the 400,000 Americans like her who are often characterized by their limitations, Lee changed what they and their families viewed as possible. She was the first person with Down syndrome many people saw participate on panels. Or go to college. Or work in a professional setting. At the World Bank, where she was an office assistant earning $12.24 an hour, her name was on her office door. If the cruelest part of Down syndrome comes from the walls it erects, the ultimate joy for many people in the intellectual-disabilities community came in watching Lee leap over those walls, time and again. In many ways, she seemed unstoppable — until she wasn’t.

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Parents Speak Out a Year After Dad ‘Chose’ Son With Down Syndrome Over Wife

A year ago Samuel Forrest’s life abruptly changed forever. In the span of just a few days he gained a son, began divorce proceedings with his wife and found himself the focus of a lot of media attention.

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Now, a year later, Forrest and his wife have reconciled.

Leo Forrest was born with Down syndrome on January 21, 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia. After he was diagnosed, his mother, Ruzan Forrest, gave his dad, Samuel Forrest, an ultimatum: if he decided to keep the baby, she’d file for divorce.

Samuel Forrest decided not to have Leo placed for adoption.

“They took me in to see him and I looked at this guy and I said, he’s beautiful, he’s perfect,” Forrest told ABC News last year. “I’m absolutely keeping him.”

Forrest decided he and Leo would move back to Auckland, New Zealand, where he is from, and his wife remained in Armenia and began divorce proceedings.

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Madeline Stuart, 18-Year-Old Model With Down Syndrome, Will Walk In NYFW

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

By Carly Ledbetter

11850016_1099023933458652_694340305_n In just one year, Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old with Down syndrome, has become the face of two fashion campaigns. Now the Australia native is set to walk in New York Fashion Week on September 13.

"When we were asked to do New York Fashion Week, it didn’t surprise me," said her mother, Rosanne Stuart, in an interview with Cosmopolitan. "I don’t think anything really surprises me anymore. She’s been asked to do a lot of stuff and I was hoping to she’d get asked to do NYFW but I assumed it would happen. I hope that doesn’t sound too pretentious."

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Mothers of children with Down syndrome Survey

Taylor%20 Hello!

My name is Amanda Smith. I am conducting a survey of biological and adoptive mothers of children with Down syndrome for my dissertation. I have been more successful in receiving responses from biological mothers. I am trying to now reach more mothers who have adopted.

Overall, the purpose of this research is to understand the feelings and experiences of being a mother in general and being a mother to a child with Down syndrome. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes. The first page of the survey is a welcome letter that will inform those who click on the link that their information is confidential and the survey is anonymous.  If you would forward on this link to my survey to any support groups or parent groups you may have, I would be incredibly grateful. If anyone completes the survey and would like more information  or would like to share about their experiences, please don’t hesitate to send them my email address.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mothers_of_children_with_DS

Mothers of children with Down syndrome Survey

Hello! As a caregiver of a child with Down syndrome you know firsthand the trials and successes you feel as a parent and for your child. Being a mother gives you experiences that are identical to no one else.

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Thank you for your time!

Amanda A Smith, Ed.S.

It’s About Time…

Jamie Brewer becomes New York Fashion Week’s first runway model with Down syndrome

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com

By Victoria Taylor

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"American Horror Story" actress Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the New York Fashion Week runway Thursday when she appeared in Carrie Hammer’s show.

"Young girls and even young women … (see me) and say, ‘Hey, if she can do it so can I,’" the 30-year-old advocate told "Today" Wednesday. "It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to (encourage them) in being who they are and showing who they are."

Brewer’s barrier-breaking catwalk appearance is part of Hammer’s "Role Models Not Runway Models" campaign.

Her runway look was inspired by the hit FX show, Hammer said.

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