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"Born This Way"

After 4 Seasons, A&E Pulls Plug On ‘Born This Way’

The end is near for an Emmy-winning television series chronicling the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.

August 23, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Can An Actor With Down Syndrome Change Hollywood?

Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, is the improbable star — alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson — of a feature film opening in theaters across the country.

August 13, 2019

Disability Rights Advocate Launches Campaign For Congress

The former president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society is hoping to win a U.S. House seat from Kansas.

July 30, 2019

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Cafe Employs, Gives Back To People With Disabilities

Inspired by her 8-year-old who has autism and Down syndrome, a mom recently opened a coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including those with special needs.

July 26, 2019
"Born This Way"

Disability-Focused TV Shows Nominated For Emmys

Two television shows starring individuals with developmental disabilities are each up for multiple Emmy Awards.

July 23, 2019
Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf

Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters

A feature film headed to theaters later this summer stars an actor with Down syndrome alongside a pair of Hollywood A-listers and it's backed by some big names in the disability community.

June 7, 2019

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Dancing

Nightclub For Adults With Disabilities Fosters Love, Friendship And Inclusion

At what might be the only club of its kind in the country, hundreds of people with developmental disabilities come to dance, make friends and be like anyone else out for the night.

June 4, 2019

Woman With Down Syndrome Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Megan McCormick has Down syndrome, but she didn't let that stop her from earning a bachelor's degree, an education that she hopes will lead to a full-time job working with kids like her.

May 14, 2019

Family Turns To Tiny House For Son With Down Syndrome

To give their adult son with Down syndrome the freedom he craves, one couple is working to build a 360-square-foot house and they're hoping their community will help make the plan a reality.

May 10, 2019

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Google sign

Google Unveils New Accessibility Initiatives

Tech giant Google says it is working on multiple projects designed to improve day-to-day life for people with various disabilities.

May 9, 2019
Operating room

Despite High Need, Dental Care Elusive For Those With Special Needs

People with developmental disabilities face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care. Many dentists either avoid treating these patients or lack the skills needed to do so.

May 8, 2019

At 25 Years, Marriage Likely Among Longest Between Pair With Down Syndrome

Paul and Kris Scharoun-Deforge first met at a dance for people with disabilities in the 1980s and fell for each other quickly. The couple was married for 25 years when Paul died recently.

May 3, 2019

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