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Author, Speaker, and Down Syndrome Advocate

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

Creating Begins with What If

Grown Ups & Downs, The Innocent Prince|

Creation Begins with "What If?" The thing about What if is that it’s the beginning of...everything. Every successful entrepreneur asks, What if? Every inventor, every teacher, and every person who creates asks, what if? Then there are the people who nurture people, often (but not limited to) those people who create people, parents we call them, so many what ifs.... What ifs that keep you up at night. What ifs that you celebrate. What ifs you didn't even think of... From before our children are even born until forever.

Our Story of Down Syndrome: The Short Version

Featured on Grown Ups, Grown Ups & Downs|

For the first 21 years or so of Marcus’ life,  “Down syndrome” didn’t really come up, and I kept our privacy setting as restricted. Not that I was hiding, I just wasn’t sharing. Why? Well, one reason is because most of those years were pretty, how shall I say this? Boring. Not to me, you understand. But to an outsider. Seriously. What exactly is so exciting about going to work and going to school and living in Middle America? Not the stuff of reality TV programming. And I was

Everyone Needs Help

Grown Ups & Downs|

A Gift From the Universe to Change the World My son, Marcus, and I have had many writing sessions and meetings with collaborators at our neighborhood coffee shop, particularly while we were working on his first book for children and the accompanying animated short. We also wrote the speech we gave at the United Nations building there earlier this year. Today I write solo and the notebook to my right has the lyric, “The universe is resting in my arms” (from Nina Gordan’s song “Tonight”) written and circled.  

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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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