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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

Can Time Stand Still

Grown Ups & Downs, The Innocent Prince|

I wish had a time machine. One where I could stop time for just myself. I could work. I could create. I could sleep. And then, when I step back into the spinning world, I would spend new time with those I care for in a most enjoyable and leisurely way. Oh, I could give so much more! In the machine I could learn! I could learn between the minutes to be better prepared for the next. To improve. To grow. It’s the biggest cheat I ever wished for.

Down Syndrome and Creativity

Grown Ups & Downs|

WOW - Let's Flashback, this post originally went live 5 years ago, November 2014. So much still applies, I'm reposting it. Via Puppets in the Early Years Marcus being Orange When Marcus was much younger, just beginning school, he used to form his hands into puppets and they would chatter away. Not all of it was understandable, but words slipped through. One of his early teachers suggested we discourage this, but we resisted. I felt then that if that’s how he wanted to process and share his

Come So Far And Yet

Grown Ups & Downs|

  Just less than thirty years ago, I was handed a book written for parents of a new baby with Down syndrome that began with, “Do not put your baby in an institution.” Literally, this was the first line of the book. Still, a social worker asked if we were “taking the baby home.” Sigh. Today I know women who coach doctors and nurses about how to share information about possible, potential, and available, instead of “put away.” Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Last weekend Marcus

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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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