Posts tagged "down syndrome"

Could Disney’s Next Princess Have Special Needs?

Many little kids, at one point or another, have wanted to be a Disney Princess. We grew up watching Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and others teach us that it’s okay to be brave, strong-willed, vulnerable and fiercely independent, and as the times have changed, the brand’s Princesses have adapted to become more culturally diverse. But…

By: Katie Oldenburg / October 29, 2014

Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury’s guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn’t behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator’s semen in her bed —…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2014

You’ll Cry Tears Of Joy When You Watch Rion Holcombe Open His College Acceptance Letter

Rion Holcome, an 18-year-old with Down Syndrome, is about to become a college student, and he couldn’t be happier about it. Watch this video, as Rion expresses his shock and joy when he finds out he’s been accepted to the ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University. His big grin and excitement are infectious, and sure to make any…

By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

A Touching Letter From The Mother Of Down Syndrome Wet Seal Model Karrie Brown

Karrie Brown, the Wet Seal model with Down syndrome, was featured as our Kickass Woman of the Day a couple weeks ago. Now it’s time to make room for another kickass woman: Karrie’s mom. Sue Brown of Illinois penned an article on the experience for xoJane, in which she details not only how her 17-year-old…

By: Rachel Krause / October 4, 2013

The Daily Squee: Little Boy With Down Syndrome Hugs Pushy Labrador Retriever

Pets are nothing if not persistent when there’s affection to be had. Nowhere is that better illustrated than this squee-dorable video of a little boy with Down Syndrome being won over with love by a pushy Labrador retriever. The boy, Hernan, lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is shy about physical contact. At first Herna…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Karrie Brown, 17-Year-Old With Down Syndrome, Models For Wet Seal

Watch your back, ladies and gents of “America’s Next Top Model.” Teen clothing retailer Wet Seal recently shot a photoshoot with 17-year-old model Karrie Brown that is getting a lot of eyeballs. How come? Karrie isn’t just any high school junior who loves modeling — she also has Down Syndrome.

The “Today” show…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

Meet Ryan, 6-Year-Old Child Model With Down Syndrome

Hold onto your ovaries, ladies! This is Ryan. He’s six years old, a child model for Nordstrom and Target, and living happily with Down syndrome. His mom writes that modeling is “an extreme confidence booster.” Also, “He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Photo Of Boy With Down Syndrome Who “Survived Roe Vs. Wade” Spreading Around Facebook

A photograph of this adorable little boy is circling around Facebook. The boy has Down Syndrome and he’s holding a sign (written by someone who is not him) which reads: “I may not be perfect but I’m happy. I am God’s handiwork and I bear His image. I am blessed. I am the 10% of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2011

Andrea Friedman, “Family Guy” Down Syndrome Actress, Issues The Palins A Kick In The Pants

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol Palin, were in the headlines again this week, railing against Sunday’s episode of “Family Guy” featuring a character with special needs. In the episode “Extra Large Medium,” the elder son, Chris, goes out on a date with Ellen, a mentally handicapped woman who tells him, “My…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 19, 2010