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Mardra Sikora - Down Syndrome Author
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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

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

Music Therapy: Benefits and Our Experience

Grown Ups & Downs|

Photo Provided by Megan Catalibe Photography Marcus has always been a performer in addition to a creator. The microphone is his instrument of choice. In his teen years and early adulthood, he often enjoyed going to Karaoke Nights with our friends. His specialty songs included Harry Belefonte’s “Banana Boat Song” and The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man,” among others. And, as you may know, in 2015 with the book launch of Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, there was the release of his music video featuring the song,

Brushfield Spots – The Coolest Genetic Trait Ever

Grown Ups & Downs|

I was one of those moms that stared at her baby constantly. I marveled at him. Luckily, my friends also enjoyed this pastime. Maybe because we were broke. Staring at Marcus staring at the ceiling fan, or lying next to him and staring at the ceiling fan, was a hobby we could all afford.

Also because he was beautiful, he smiled readily, and his eyes sparkled.

I watched his deep blue eyes, expecting them to change into brown, or hazel, or in-between-green-and-something-else, like mine.

After he turned a year old, I celebrated the knowledge: Those blue eyes are here to stay!

A few months later he was at an evaluation of some sort with several clinical and scary looking people and one of them used the words: “Brushfield spots.”

Down Syndrome Author News, Events, Opinions

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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