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Mardra Sikora - Down Syndrome Author
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Here we Go – 2024!

Grown Ups & Downs|

Happy New Year! I’m starting 2024 with a bit of a free-write update for our friends who are keeping track. Back in 2013 It was upon the advice of the internet that I named this website mardrasikora.com, however, the overwhelming reason for most visits, is to check out the life, day-to-day and otherwise of Marcus Sikora. (My adult son with Down syndrome.) This Year's Holiday So, let’s talk about Marcus at the family and friends over the holidays. He’s a delight, first off. Christmas is  magical in his presence

Some of the Marcus Equation

Grown Ups & Downs|

When you have a child with an intellectual disability the tests come early and often. Medical tests, intervention tests, IQ tests. IQ tests are the worst.  On the parents.  I’ll never forget Marcus’ first IQ test when he was maybe three or four years old. He communicated mostly with action/expression and sign language. But not that day, well I take it back...he was clearly communicating, just not compliant. An important differentiation that, as his mother, I could see but the Ph.D. in the room clearly could not, Or would

The People You Meet

Grown Ups & Downs|

Hello Friends, TBH  - The following thoughts come from a journal note jotted few years back - but it could have been yesterday. I’m thinking of the people we meet, when we’re walking down the street, or...in Marcus and my case, when we sit at the bar. Like the other night, Marcus and I went to a nearby restaurant and sat at the bar. Given the option, he prefers to sit at the bar. I asked him if this is so he can talk to other people or because

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Marcus is part of a program teaching playwriting

Former North drama teacher Jennifer Castello-Scott, now a freelance drama educator, devised the curriculum. She enlisted the help of author and speaker Marcus Sikora, who has Down syndrome. Marcus was involved in this cool program to teach the kids. Here's a lovely article in the Omaha World Herald about the program: Circle Theatre works with schools on playwriting project for special education students   Read on!    

By |February 25th, 2018|Categories: Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|0 Comments

Momaha: How I went from gold medal worrier to luckiest mom I know

Published on Momaha via Omaha.com earlier this week: Earlier this month, I stood next to my son, Marcus, while he spoke to a room of more than 1,200 spectators. It was unbelievable to witness. The event was the star studded "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fashion show, which took place Nov. 11 in Denver. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation hosts this event each year to raise money to continue research and improve medical care for people with Down syndrome. Marcus was named the 2017 "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" Ambassador. As the parent of an adult with Down syndrome, I have been a

By |November 22nd, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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