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Five Awesome Advocacy Videos – Plus One More!

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From the Many Awesome Videos Shared on or around World Down Syndrome Day 2018 (WDSD18)  - Here are five (plus one) you should check out for sure! Dear Future Mom CoorDown has done it again with another original video. These are the folks who brought the world "Dear Future Mom" four years ago. In fact, let's start with that one because, yeah, you'll see:   So great. I will tell you, though, Marcus is not a fan. He feels that the sad music (minor chords, ya know) do not

Marcus Speaks His Truth

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Early in  Amy and the Orphans, is the line, “I speak my truth.” Today we’re going to hear a #Truth Marcus shared with me about the show.  We celebrate Amy and the Orphans, with Jamie Brewer (Amy) and Eddie Barbanell (Andy u/s) for many reasons. One is that while the audience is lulled by small identifying steps with characters who are “typical,” they are simultaneously being prepped to listen to a person with Down syndrome speak truth. Also, hard facts spotlighting the treatment of people “put

Today’s Topic: Laughter

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In 7th grade, I prepared my first, “front of class” speech. My topic: laughter. Why do we laugh? More than just funny, sometimes out of nervousness, fear, and breaking tension. I included some cheesy, cheesy jokes, to…you know…break the ice. ## I’m told that my father’s family once said to my mother, “The problem with your family is you judge happiness by laughter.” I’ve reflected on both what’s true, and maybe not so bad, about this perspective. I should write a post about that…later. ##

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Marcus’ Interview on WYFF (Video)

It's all GO around here (and beyond) in the month of October. Last weekend we had a whirlwind trip to Greenville, SC. Where we met up with good friends, old and new, and had some great events. But what you want to see is right here: Marcus' morning interview on WYFF: Wondering where in Greenville you can pick up a copy of Black Day: The Monster Rock Band? M. Judson Books and Musical Innovations!       

Video Interview with Marcus

Did you catch this on Meriah Nichols' blog? Marcus is part of a great series call "Voices from the Disability Community" As an ally, I learn so much from these, and we're delighted Marcus was invited to partake. Voices From The Disability Community: Marcus Sikora Marcus Sikora is the first Voice interview via video! Like a lot of other things he does, he’s breaking ground here. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2yhhLkK  

By | September 17th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Actor, Singer, PB&J Connoisseur – Introducing 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador: Marcus Sikora

From the Global Down Syndrome Foundation official release: As an author, singer, actor and self-advocate, Marcus Sikora has already accomplished more in his life than most other 26-year-olds. Now he’s gathering yet another accomplishment as the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador. When it comes to describing the Nebraska native, many people tend to use the word creative. The description aligns perfectly with Marcus’ ambitions, in 2015 he released his first animated short and children’s book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band to wildly positive reviews. “I’ve always liked to make stories,” Marcus said. “One day, I had an idea

By | September 16th, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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