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Redefining Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- I have a brother who has Down syndrome, and that is the least interesting thing about him! He is an actor, a singer, a student, a drummer, a boyfriend, a friend, a dancer, a gymnast, a basketball player, a public...

My Special Sweet Pea LeLe

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- By: Alecia Harrison I want to share with you some photos of my Angel and Princess Alecia Harrison. This young lady is Truly Remarkable and Supernatural. You will see pics of her where she liss hair due to very critical...
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My sister, Ali

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- My sister, Ali, who is fourteen months younger than me, is the most hard-working, resilient, and compassionate person I have ever met. She can make just about anyone laugh, her presence lights up every room she walks into, and the thought of...

The Cromwell Family Story 

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- We started on our journey as a family with a child expected to have Down Syndrome at 11-12 weeks, initially by the nuchal fold measurement, then through the genetic screening, and confirmed through the CVS test on the last day,...

Bethany Hagen

Down Syndrome Awareness Month Entry, submit your story here. ---------- My daughter, Bethany Hagen, is an 18-year-old girl whose passion has always been singing and performing. She also loves to learn and use sign language (ASL). Despite some hurdles we have had to jump through and advocating we have had...
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Quarterly Newsletter – Sept 2022

Website           Volunteer         Support Hello Friend! I feel so blessed and honored to get this opportunity to address our entire GiGi’s network each quarter to show you what we can do together! Last weekend we opened our 56th location in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Orange County...
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GiGi’s Educator Symposium – An AMAZING day of LEARNING

THANK YOU to the 160+ educators, therapists, volunteers, family, and community members who attended the GiGi’s Educator Symposium on September 10, 2022, from across the US, Mexico, and Pakistan! Together we are truly changing the way the WORLD views Down syndrome and sending a global message of acceptance for all. ...

Best of All- Ana del Carmen, Mexico

The Best of All! Ana del Carmen is 18 years old and is currently signed up for mathematics, reading, language, kitchen, and social skills programs. She came to GiGi’s Playhouse when she was 14 years old with the great challenge of requiring more support for her learning. As a teenager,...

Celebrating A Year of Friendship

Born on the Same Day, at the same hospital, Luke and Jace, celebrate their 1st Birthdays! It was a year ago yesterday that both Luke and Jace entered this world, but neither knew of the other until social media brought their families together. Read how these two boys (and their...
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GiGi’s Participant Makes History at Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

GiGi's Playhouse Inc. is thrilled to share that one of our participants will be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (BMHOF)! Next month, Sujeet Desai from the Buffalo Playhouse will make history as the first individual with an intellectual disability in the BMHOF. This is not his first...

Best Of All- Thomas Jenkins

"I'm happy to share with you that Thomas and I love the experiences of GiGi's Kitchen Adult!"  I can truly say that 'patience is a virtue!' This cooking experience has been a test of our levels of patience together! Regardless, we're learning how to work better together and doing the...
Alec and Olivia during a GiGi's At Home tutoring session.

GiGi’s At Home Volunteer Spotlight: Alec

Alec and Olivia during a GiGi's At Home tutoring session. Alec was Olivia's tutor for the past year while he attended medical school! We knew going into the summer he was starting med school rotations and would have to stop tutoring a little early, but he...