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Actress Lauren Potter

Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’

With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are "special."

March 21, 2017

Twins Share Unique Bond Even As Chromosome Divides Them

Life could not be more different for the Toronczak twins — one is an elite college swimmer while the other has Down syndrome and is nonverbal. Nonetheless, the pair share an unbreakable bond.

March 10, 2017
Jon Atkins during The Body Sculpting Open Championships

Born With Down Syndrome, Shy Teen Competes In Bodybuilding

Life hasn't been easy for Jon Atkins. At 19, he can read 30 or so words and fine motor skills remain frustrating. But he found something he's pretty good at: bodybuilding.

February 27, 2017

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Walgreens sign

Walgreens Features Model With Down Syndrome

The smiling face of a 7-year-old with Down syndrome will greet customers at thousands of Walgreens stores this spring as part of an Easter promotion.

February 24, 2017
Australian model and designer Madeline Stuart

Model With Down Syndrome Launches Fashion Line

Little more than a year after making headlines for strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week, a model with Down syndrome is back at the iconic event to debut her own clothing line.

February 14, 2017

Down Syndrome No Barrier For Firefighter

Not everyone was immediately on board when Jason Eagan, who has Down syndrome, said he wanted to become a firefighter. But with persistence, he found his place.

February 3, 2017

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Walmart

Walmart Accused Of Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is alleging that the nation's largest private employer violated the ADA by firing a longtime employee with Down syndrome.

January 20, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Offers Bridge To Independence

Looking for a cost-effective means to help their son with autism and Down syndrome become more independent, one family built a 288-square-foot accessory dwelling unit next to their home.

January 9, 2017
Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017

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Walmart, Amazon In Hot Water Over ‘Retard’ Mug

Retailers are taking heat after shoppers noticed a mug with the phrase "got retard?" available for sale.

December 13, 2016
U.S. Capitol

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House

Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law.

December 9, 2016

Boy With Down Syndrome Officially A Published Model

After initially being passed over by a talent agency because of his special needs, a young boy with Down syndrome is now front and center in an advertising campaign for OshKosh B'gosh.

December 6, 2016

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