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Eternally Grateful

Today we have the treat of guest poster Nikki, big sister to Brett.  There is truly nothing like the sibling bond. Learning and growing together. My brother Brett is one of the brightest lights in my life.  He came into this world 26 years ago and as a 6-year-old girl, I wasn’t sure what to expect…

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To my Sofia On Her First Day …

First days of school are starting, with that comes feelings of excitement, hope, fears, nerves and a new push to advocate, change the way children with disabilities are seen in all parts of their communities! GiGi’s wants to wish you ALL an amazing school year and we will want to see and hear from you.…

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What are Paired Progressions & how do they promote Best of All?

Being a part of an international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers has its perks! One of those perks being that we have brilliant minds within the network that are constantly researching, advocating, enhancing programs and more. One of the latest updates to our purposeful programs are Paired Progressions! We have always used Purposeful Progressions,…

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Welcome to the family!

Welcoming new families to the GiGi’s family is simply one of the very best things! Being about to say congratulations! Today we are excited to share one mom’s story of what GiGi’s Playhouse means to her family, the right now and the future. GiGi’s is with you from prenatal diagnosis all the way through adulthood!…

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Two Life Changing Words | Down syndrome

Down syndrome. Two life-changing words. Two mysterious words that can bring on a myriad of emotions.   On August 19, 2004, Nathan Mark Hornbuckle came into this world. A quiet, beautiful soul with a deep almond-eyed gaze that melted hearts around him. Little did we know the impact he was here to make. When Nathan’s…

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The GiGi’s Impact | A Chance to Shine

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One of our very favorite things at the National Playhouse is to learn about all of the lives being impacted by the GiGi’s mission. Everyday their ar3 35 (and growing) locations with an army of volunteers, participants, friends and families living out all that makes the GiGi’s family so amazing. Today we want to share…

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Happy Down syndrome diagnosis day! Yes we said happy.

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We are excited to welcome Angela (aka Emery & Levi’s mom) from GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Myers to share a bit of her heart and journey with us today.    This week we celebrated Emery’s 4th anniversary of his Down syndrome diagnosis day! It may seem strange to some that we celebrate this important day but…

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Worth it! | One Moms Story of Advocacy

We are happy to invite a longtime friend of GiGi’s Playhouse to the #gigisblog today.  Chis is a gift to this community and is so ready to share her experiences with us all! Pull up a chair, grab a mug of your favorite beverage and be reminded of the power we all have to bring…

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Why Stop at a Month? | 365 Days of Awesome!

See ya later October! Down Syndrome Acceptance Month was great, we busted some myths, we shared our stories, we continued to introduce the world to a new and dynamic individual with Down syndrome and we asked the world to see & accept our friends and loved ones rocking their extra chromosome.  But, is that really enough?…

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