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HOA To Pay $300K For Disability Discrimination

A homeowners association has agreed to pay up after barring the parents of a woman with severe disabilities from parking a motor home that they bought to transport their daughter.

May 15, 2017
Superb

Star Of New Comic Book Has Down Syndrome

In a first, a new comic book debuting this summer will feature a superhero with an extra 21st chromosome.

May 9, 2017
Mikayla Holmgren

Beauty Pageant Contestant With Down Syndrome Set To Make History

When Mikayla Holmgren competes in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, it's believed that she will be the first in the country to head down the road that crowns Miss USA and Miss Universe.

April 26, 2017

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"Born This Way"

With New Season, Down Syndrome Reality Show Broadens Focus

A reality television show about a group of young adults with Down syndrome is set to return with a new season that will also explore the experiences of children with the chromosomal disorder.

April 24, 2017
A boy with autism

Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds

Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.

April 20, 2017

Group Homes Prioritizing Profits Over Safety, Investigation Finds

A multi-billion-dollar industry that runs group homes and other community-based facilities has largely supplanted institutions, but lax oversight is reportedly putting residents at risk.

April 12, 2017

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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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