Actor Tommy Jessop: “People really should start listening to us!”

Tommy Jessop is an award-winning actor, well known for his role as Terry Boyle in the TV series, ‘Line of Duty. Tommy also has Down’s Syndrome. He is keen to put the privilege of fame to good use and to tell the stories of people with learning disabilities. – “Being in Line of Duty made…

My daughter has Down syndrome, and her siblings are better for it

One of the pervasive myths surrounding having a child with Down syndrome is that she will be a burden on the rest of the family. People often ask me what it is like having a sibling with Down syndrome for our two younger children, Marilee and William. Is having their 16-year-old sister, Penny, in their lives different…

How the documentary ‘Because of Sam’ changed workplace inclusiveness

Since the movie’s release, they’ve turned Because of Sam into a training program for organizations that interact with customers with disabilities and who want to make their workplaces more inclusive. Sam Piazza is an employer’s dream. He works hard. He’s friendly. And he’s improved the environment at the restaurant where he works. Now, a documentary…

Foley High School senior with Down syndrome named homecoming queen

Kristen Tucker, a Foley High School senior with Down syndrome, is ready to take the world by storm following graduation. Kristen Tucker, a senior at Foley High School, is ready to take the world by storm following graduation. After a vote of the student body, Kristen, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, was named homecoming queen…

Non-profit gives confidence to those with Down syndrome

Puzzled by the lack of resources for her child with Down syndrome a local mom helped create an inclusive community. Puzzled by the lack of resources for her child with Down syndrome a local mom helped create an inclusive community. “We didn’t have a prenatal diagnosis so when we left the hospital, I was given a book…

Butte cheerleader with disability shows greater ability

Along with cheer on her high school sports programs, Hanna was recently voted by her classmates to be on the school’s homecoming court. BUTTE — Medical journals may list Down syndrome as a disability, but for those that know Hanna, a very special Butte cheerleader, they’d say it’s a gift. “It’s not a disability, it’s…

‘Amazing’: Teen with Down syndrome becomes runway role model

With ties to Chatham, a Toronto girl born with Down syndrome is continuing to be a role model for those chasing their dreams. And after recently taking to the runway at two major fashion markets in Canada and the United States, she’s showing no sign of stopping anytime soon. Monika Myers, 14, took part in…

‘Every day with Norah is a gift’: Pre-K class at St. John’s School in Hollywood, Maryland, includes little girl with Down syndrome

This school year, the 19 pre-kindergarten students at St. John’s Catholic School in Hollywood, Maryland, will be learning lessons about working and playing together and sharpening their skills with letters, numbers, colors and shapes. On the third week of school, Trish Mattingly, St. John’s pre-kindergarten teacher, said a key priority has been helping the young…