Olivia Lepore Thriving (Boston Children’s Hospital blog), 30th April, 2013
At Boston Children’s Hospital, the Down Syndrome Program has found a way to give hope to both parents and children who come to the clinic — his name is Nate Simons. Simons is a valued 24-year-old member of the program’s staff, and like the children he interacts with at the clinic, he has Down syndrome.
... “We are very grateful for the addition of the self-advocate position,” ... Nate — and his predecessor, Ben Majewski — have been remarkably successful matches.”
Not dancing, flying
... It was an overcast day in March when the dancers of e.motion21 took to the Federation Square stage to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. The dance troupe, made up of children and young adults with Down syndrome, defied conventional expectations and filled the stage with an enthusiastic energy ... read the full story here
Congratulations to Karen Gaffney who will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland today. Karen will become one of very few people with Down Syndrome to ever receive an honorary doctorate from a college or university.
(Billy Shulz was awarded an Honorary Doctorate posthumously, by West Carolina University, in 2012.)