Let’s accept and celebrate our differences

Dads smiling with their son with Down syndrome

An editorial by GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati team member Fred Brushaber A mother in tears. She just found out that her child is different. She worries about how cruel the world will be to her son. She worries about job discrimination, housing discrimination and discrimination in all aspects of life. How her son will be denied…

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Why GiGi’s-Amy

Amy is the fearless leader of the GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati startup team. She also serves as our board president.   Amy lives in Cincinnati with her husband Adam and their three children: Gage (14), Kyle (11) and Kennedy (9). Kennedy has Down syndrome; she’s the reason that Amy is so passionate about bringing GiGi’s Playhouse to…

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Q & A with startup team member, Ann Poirier 

We are so excited to have Ann Poirier on the GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati startup team! Ann is the person who writes all of our blogs, press releases, invitations and more. She was also recently voted in as our board secretary. Ann is the mother of four young children: Lucy (6), Alice (3, with Down syndrome),…

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Can you help us bring GiGi’s Playhouse to Cincinnati sooner?! 

Happy holidays from your GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati start-up team! As you know, a new GiGi’s Playhouse location will be built in Cincinnati soon. GiGi’s will be a gift to the Cincinnati Down syndrome community—individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, their families, friends and loved ones. Everyone is welcome at GiGi’s Playhouse! Once GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati opens, it will provide free educational programs, therapies, and career development programs for people of all ages…

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Where will GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati going to be?!

Where will GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati going to be?! Our goal is to provide life-changing complementary programs the greater Cincinnati Down syndrome community and their families.  We are so excited to give you some insight into all the work we are doing behind the scenes and what you can expect to see soon! We are narrowing our facility search in…

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Will you “Believe in Our Build”? 

Did you know that our GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati start-up team has been busy looking at potential spaces for our new location?! This is huge! We can’t wait until the day we can finally open our doors and invite so many local families blessed by Down syndrome to experience the magic of GiGi’s Playhouse. However, before…

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No Limits in 2021

As we head into 2021, the future looks bright. Amazing. And better than ever. We’re ready to leave 2020 in the past and forge ahead with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. This doesn’t just apply to the end of COVID-19. This also applies to the bright future ahead for kids with Down syndrome. That’s why this…

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Done. 321. Miles. October.

#downsyndromeawarenessmonth  Why 321? There’s something about running. Everyone in the race knows there is only one winner. Yet everyone that crosses the finish line is celebrated just as much as the first. It is that very essence of the sport, knowing how hard everyone has worked just to be there – we make sure every…

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I Crossed Off “Special Needs” on My Kids IEP 

There are many ways to describe a person. Saying someone has a special need or has special needs does not infer that there is something special about their needs. People with disabilities do not need anything intrinsically different from what you or I need. People with disabilities just want to be recognized for who they…

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My 321 Why: Down syndrome Awareness Month

For the month of October, I am setting out to run 321 miles.  That’s three-hundred-and-twenty-one total running miles. Why? Because of Kate. Kate is my daughter.  She is five years old, the youngest of four children, and was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome.  Though she is not the first of our four children to…

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