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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

ESPN To Honor Special Olympics Founder

A prestigious award bestowed during a nationally-televised event this summer will put a spotlight on one of the world's largest organizations for people with developmental disabilities.

June 9, 2017
Rocco

Boy With Down Syndrome Joins Reality Show Cast

In what they say is a tale of luck and coincidence, the family of a boy with Down syndrome went from fans to cast members on a hit reality show about those with the chromosomal disorder.

June 7, 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

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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
"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

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

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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

Sheltered Workshops Get Reprieve

Officials in one state are reversing course after an outcry over plans to transition people with developmental disabilities from sheltered workshops to community-based settings.

March 24, 2017
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

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Adults With Disabilities Become Radio ‘Rock Stars’

A morning radio show written and produced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is offering social skills and employment training alongside plenty of laughs.

March 17, 2017
Lori Bolton

Remote Monitoring Replacing Some Direct Support Staff

People with developmental disabilities are increasingly relying on a mix of sensors, cameras and other electronic devices that can alleviate the need for around-the-clock staff.

March 15, 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

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