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Quest To Make Boy With Down Syndrome A Model Goes Viral

Stunned to learn that photos she submitted of her son with Down syndrome to an OshKosh B'Gosh casting call were never even considered, one mom took action.

October 25, 2016
The team from "Born This Way" accepts the Emmy Award for outstanding unstructured reality program at the Television Academy's 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month in Los Angeles. (Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)

New Season Ahead For Down Syndrome Reality Show

Fresh off a big win, a reality show all about the experiences of young people with Down syndrome is getting renewed.

September 28, 2016

Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016

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The A&E series "Born This Way," which features seven young adults with Down syndrome, won the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

‘Born This Way’ Scores Emmy Win

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

September 12, 2016

Advocates Seek Urgent Passage Of Wandering Bill

Hoping to harness momentum, disability advocates are pushing Congress to fast-track legislation designed to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

August 26, 2016
Julie O'Sullivan helps resident Maggie Martin with her hair as Misericordia employee Rebecca Muzemil plays Candy Land with resident Geri Wisniewski, left, at Quinlan Terrace. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Aging Poses New Challenges For Those With Special Needs

Service providers are scrambling to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who are living longer than ever before.

August 1, 2016

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The second season of the A&E series "Born This Way" premieres Tuesday. In addition to the seven young adults with Down syndrome the series follows, upcoming episodes will also feature "new friends within their community," A&E said. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

Down Syndrome Reality Show Winning Accolades And Fans

Riding high on a wave of success, a reality show all about a group of adults with Down syndrome is set to return to television.

July 26, 2016
Preston Rogers, 15, skates at Johnson Spring Park in Rocklin, Calif., with another visitor. Preston takes part in SkateMD, a program that teaches children and teenagers with disabilities to skateboard as a way to motivate and encourage them. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills

An innovative new therapy, skateboarding is helping children with developmental disabilities build strength, balance and coordination while also overcoming social anxieties.

July 12, 2016
Gerard Fobes, 45, has Down syndrome and plans to participate in research looking at why people with the chromosomal disorder are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and do so at younger ages. (Sam Gangwer/Orange County Register/TNS)

Down Syndrome Link Seen As Key To Understanding Alzheimer’s

People with Down syndrome are not only more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, but they experience onset at younger ages. The hunt is on to understand why.

June 13, 2016

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Austin Underwood stands next to his food truck, which will serve specialty hot dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Teleram/TNS)

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as "dawg sauce" is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.

May 9, 2016
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016
The A&E Network documentary series "Born This Way" is one of six shows that will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of its Television Academy Honors. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

TV Show Honored For Highlighting Down Syndrome

A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

April 19, 2016

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