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The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|

For real. If you want #BlackDayBook and Grown Ups and Downs updates, not too often – I promise, Join the Club here! Here's what we said: Listening to Self-Advocates: Relate, Respond, and Amplify (Marcus parts in bold) Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Marcus Wright Sikora. I wrote a book called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band. I’m a storyteller, an actor, and a singer. I’m glad to be here with people from around the world   talking about Down Syndrome. New York City is my favorite. This is my mom,

The Storyteller and the Truth – Part One

Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs|

  I remember emotional points, touch the bruises, and swim in the revelation. However, I have a terrible memory for dates. At what age did I learn to ride a bike? When was my first road trip? Even important moments, like when did my son take his first steps? When did he begin using complete sentences? Or when did he start, really start, to tell me the stories that play though his imagination? Marcus just turned 27 and I think I’ve been saying “for over ten years” for three,

Links to Recently Shared Advocacy Stories

Change Your World|

This week we shared stories that advocate for and with people with disabilities from around the world. Really great stuff. Here is a line-up of the links and take a trip down the rabbit-hole-of-awesomeness for more! We shared “Simon” and “Happy Birthday CJ” We identified some of the key, important messages and shared them together with a recap here in “Getting the Advocate Message” Simon is only one of eight great stories. Check out The Amy Street Productions: http://www.amystreet.net We can all use the super short advice from SCOPE

Getting the Advocate Message

Grown Ups & Downs|

Marcus and I spoke together at a conference yesterday. The focus of the association and its mission is to promote, find or create, then continue supported and meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Their theme: "Mission Possible." Love it! We shared a few advocate stories from around the world. Today we are sharing them with you, too. The first one is from New Zealand, where a film company has made eight short films focusing on people in their community. (See “Celeste is Brilliant” here and watch all of them

News, Events, Opinions

Video Interview with Marcus

Did you catch this on Meriah Nichols' blog? Marcus is part of a great series call "Voices from the Disability Community" As an ally, I learn so much from these, and we're delighted Marcus was invited to partake. Voices From The Disability Community: Marcus Sikora Marcus Sikora is the first Voice interview via video! Like a lot of other things he does, he’s breaking ground here. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2yhhLkK  

By | September 17th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Actor, Singer, PB&J Connoisseur – Introducing 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador: Marcus Sikora

From the Global Down Syndrome Foundation official release: As an author, singer, actor and self-advocate, Marcus Sikora has already accomplished more in his life than most other 26-year-olds. Now he’s gathering yet another accomplishment as the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador. When it comes to describing the Nebraska native, many people tend to use the word creative. The description aligns perfectly with Marcus’ ambitions, in 2015 he released his first animated short and children’s book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band to wildly positive reviews. “I’ve always liked to make stories,” Marcus said. “One day, I had an idea

By | September 16th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Letter that Rocked my World

Last week Google led me to a letter written by a 6th grader that rocked my world. The letter was a state level winner of the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. It was written to author Beth Vrabel about her book, Pack of Dorks.  I was previously unaware of this chapter book series. Although I don’t know how, because they appear to be immensely popular and also includes a touch of diversity within their stories.  Letter About Literature Contest The Library of Congress website Read.gov  about the contest:   Students are asked to read a

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Monster Black Day Bash at the Bookworm!

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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