Latest Down syndrome News

Ashley Mabry, 35, who has autism and Asperger's syndrome, is graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this spring. Mabry is one of three seniors in the first cohort to graduate in May from an inclusion program Colorado lawmakers enacted in December 2016 to enable intellectually disabled students to become fully matriculated at three schools: UCCS, the University of Northern Colorado and Arapahoe Community College. Since the fourth-grade Mabry has known she wanted to go to college.

University to graduate first class in special needs program

Jan. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School...

In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, photo, Bill Adams and Sherri Daniel exchange vows at Christ Restoration Branch church, in Lucasville, Scioto County, Ohio. After a years-long fight for their right to marry without losing any of their disability income, the couple finally wed this month. The couple found out Sherri can keep her income as a dependent drawing from her deceased father's Social Security. (Courtney Hergesheimer/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Disabled couples navigate red tape on way to altar

Jan. 18, 2020 8:24 AM EST

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — As the wedding photographer snapped away, Sherri and Bill Adams leaned over their wheelchairs for a kiss. One felt good, so they enjoyed another. And another. “That’s enough!” someone teased. Sherri beamed. How long had she waited for this? Five years had passed...

Congressmen help migrant girl with Down syndrome get into US

Jan. 17, 2020 7:11 PM EST

A delegation from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus helped a 6-year-old migrant girl with Down Syndrome and a heart condition get paroled in the United States on Friday, members of the caucus said. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, said he and other members accompanied the girl to a Port of Entry...

In this Nov. 3, 2019, photograph a child with Down syndrome prepare to show skirts displaying drawings inspired by children, during a fashion show dubbed

AP Photos: Disabled Romanian children given chance to shine

Jan. 4, 2020 5:07 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — During Romania's communist era, children with disabilities were shunned, often locked away in institutions or kept at home and deprived of schooling and social interactions. Recent shows in which children with Down syndrome had the starring roles illustrate how much that has...

In this Dec. 13, 2019 photo, Bryan Russell takes a call as he campaigns for Congress in Lima, Peru. Russell is the first person with Down syndrome to run for public office, according to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

In a first, Peruvian with Down syndrome runs for parliament

Dec. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Bryan Russell has Down syndrome and does daily speech exercises, putting pens and corks in his mouth to help build up low muscle tone there. He is also waging a longshot bid to become a national Peruvian lawmaker, going door to door in Lima to ask for votes. Russell, 27, wants to use his...

Ohio wins appeal rehearing on Down syndrome abortion ban

Dec. 14, 2019 9:15 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A full federal appeals court has agreed to rehear a case about an Ohio law that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. A federal judge previously put the 2017 law on hold saying federal law is clear that states can’t limit a...

In this Oct. 27, 2019 photo, from left, Janet Littleton of Laurel, Del. watches, University of Delaware senior Elizabeth deBruin shows fabric swatches to Littleton's grandson, 11-year-old Jayden Niblett of Seaford, Del., at the Innovation Health and Design Lab at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. Niblett was participating in the Down Syndrome Research Party. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Clothing study aims to help people with Down syndrome

Dec. 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — When Jayden Niblett wakes up each morning, his mind races to remember what he is doing that day, and what he can wear to impress his friends. The last often leads to annoyance. Jayden, 11, who has Down syndrome, struggles to find clothes that fit his unique body type and are...

Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, holding his son, Dutch is joined by his wife first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom right, and family after the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The more than 65-foot-tall white fir tree is decorated with hundreds of hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services and 10,000 ultra-low-wattage LED lights. .(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor lights Capitol Christmas tree

Dec. 5, 2019 11:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife lit the Capitol Christmas Tree on Thursday with the help of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom were joined by Nayeli Lemus to light approximately 10,000 LED lights on the more than 66...