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Grown Ups and Downs – A Down Syndrome Blog 2017-10-17T06:45:10+00:00
mardra and marcus

In fact, sharing the theme of “What are you going to do when he grows up?” Has been my honor on sites across the globe and also ‘live’ at a Listen to Your Mother Event.

Following the “rules of blog” –  I sometimes share moments from then (we have 27 years of material to choose from) and I share moments from now. If I leave you with a question in this down syndrome blog, feel free to ask it. If I leave you with a revelation, feel free to share it. If I post a general rant or big news that has nothing to do with Marcus, well, that’s the blogger’s prerogative.

Here are some blogs or subjects to start with. Or just scroll down for our most recent adventures!

3 Great Ways to Rock Halloween

I’m #SurprisedNotSurprised at how many families tell me that Halloween is a favorite holiday, especially for people with Down syndrome. We could wax theories, compare stereotypical and atypical attitudes about the drama, the costumes, the candy, the alter-ego (villain and super-hero), opportunities to roam the streets in a judgement free zone, or –  OR we could just recognize that Halloween is a fun holiday that allows for people across personality types to let loose a bit.

Here are a few tips to ratchet up the Halloween spirit at your house, with a touch of advocate support in the mix, fun ways to be a champion for and

Fun Online Courses for Adults with Down Syndrome

Learning with Friends

If you have an adult loved one who has Down syndrome, I’m guessing you have read “IF PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME RULED THE WORLD” by Dennis McGuire, PhD. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt as a sneak peek:

“If people with Down syndrome ruled the world:



  • Elvis, The Beatles, and the Beach Boys would still be number 1 on the hit parade (Music of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s would be BIG)
  • Musicals would be very, very, very, big (such as “Grease,” and “The Sound of Music”)
  • John Travolta would be the biggest star.





Monster Black Day Bash at the Bookworm!

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

School Visit

October 30

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show

November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

BBBY Omaha Follow-Up Event!

November 17 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

School Event

April 6, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am