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If My Child Had Been Born Without Down Syndrome…

By: Lilly Capecci There were initial fears when I heard the words, “Your baby has Down syndrome.” Dear son, I won’t lie, I was scared of what the diagnosis might mean for your future and for your brother’s future. Would you miss out on going to a typical school? Would you miss the chance to have…

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A Hope Perspective: John and Christian

By: Christian Hutzler Growing up, I thought heroes were defined by their accomplishments. Take for example the Spy Kids steamrolling the thumb-thumbs to save their parents, or Donovan McNabb, my favorite quarterback as a kid, leading the 2005 Eagles to the Superbowl (sorry Cowboys fans). These were a few “heroes” I looked up to. I admired them…

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I promise…

By definition, a promise is a,”declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.” October 2018 is Down syndrome Awareness Month so I am challenging…

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What would happen if people with Down syndrome ruled the world?

  POSTED BY SPECIAL MIRACLES · SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 WRITTEN BY Dennis McGuire, PhD Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, Illinois If I am going to describe what it would be like if people with Down syndrome ruled the world, it may be helpful to explain how I came by this information. I am…

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Labels | We have some ideas.

This post was originally shared on October 20, 2015 by our friends at GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse but we think labels are a topic worth revisiting. Label – a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, intellectual movement, etc. It seems the human race loves labels, unfortunately there are just to many ugly labels out there…

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Why I Run, Walk & Dash

On August 25th, we join with families and our community of support to Run, Walk & Dash for Down syndrome.  You still have time to join your favorite team, we want you & we need you! Please visit our 5K/Walk/Dash Page to learn all the great details!   Once upon a time a baby was born.  This…

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Ways to support GiGi’s Playhouse Sioux City

DONATION A donation of any amount will help us provide programs and awareness. Attend a fundraising event: GiGi’s Playhouse hosts various fundraisers throughout the year such as Galas, 5K runs and walks, car shows, lemonade stands, wine tastings and more. Events are publicized through direct mailings, e-mail newsletters, and social media such as Facebook. Please…

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Awareness vs Acceptance

What’s the difference between Awareness and Acceptance?   Awareness is to know that you have a classmate with a disability Acceptance is inviting him or her to hang out with you   Awareness is simply knowing someone who has some kind of challenge Acceptance is engaging in a real conversation with them   Awareness is…

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I’m sooo lucky to have you!

GiGi’s Playhouse-Sioux City Community, I am grateful for those of you who make our organization great. Some of you work tirelessly behind the scenes while others are out in front tackling the hardest things with grit and determination. Your gift of time, talent, and treasure is much appreciated! This is a great time of year…

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