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

Imagining

Grown Ups & Downs|

Can you imagine? Can you imagine a live action, or maybe a stage scene, based on the Alice and Wonderland characters Mad Hatter, played by Stephen Fry, the March Hare played by Lin Manual Miranda, and the door mouse is Patton Oswald...? Marcus imagined this and I would love to see it! Can you imagine a live action, or maybe a stage scene, based on the Alice and Wonderland characters Mad Hatter, played by @stephenfry, the March Hare played by @Lin_Manuel and the door mouse is @pattonoswalt …? Marcus

Marcus, Aristotle, and Douglas Adams Advice

Grown Ups & Downs|

In my young adulthood, I frequently said, “This is no time to panic...” Often at random moments, to no one in particular, mostly at work.  After reading the book series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then seeing the classic BBC TV of the same name, the simpler phrase “Don’t panic” including a cheeky smirk and a deep sigh is a common refrain in my household.  The first time I recall Marcus purposefully using the phrase “Don’t panic” was a memorable audition night in Denver seven or so years

How Much Love, Worry, and Wishes

Grown Ups & Downs|

I admit that when Marcus was a child, the future scared me. A whole lot. In fact, I used to cry on his birthday more out of fear than joy. Seems silly now, it's just - look at that kid! He was so full of life and I had the devil whispering on my shoulder... Finally, I woke up and noticed the futility of all those years of asking, “What are you going to do when he grows up?” Not to say that I don’t still hold the Gold

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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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