Inspiring Stories2020-08-25T00:12:21-07:00

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Have a Great Martin Luther King Day weekend!  Happy Holidays from all of us at DSNetwork! 💙💛 Please stay safe around water! Here’s a few pool safety tips! 😎🏖 Join DSNetwork in 24 hours of giving today - and make a difference for those touched by Down syndrome in our community. [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Renting Housing With Disabilities

Article contributed by the Zebra, an independent insurance comparison site | https://www.thezebra.com/about/the-zebra/ Everyone is entitled to a safe, accessible, and comfortable home. If you or a loved one live with a disability, finding and renting the right housing can feel like an uphill battle. But there is no reason to go it alone. Government agencies and national organizations are [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Jayclyn

"The Down Syndrome Network of Arizona was the first program I found for her my daughter Jayclyn, where I felt she would be provided with all the resources she and the I needed," says Jayclyn's mom Renae. "I have learned so much throughout these nine years, which I can credit to Down Syndrome Network AZ." Jayclyn's team feels the [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Adam

Why I Walk by Adam I walk to show how happy I am.  I walk to see my friends.  I have fun with DSNetwork, And I hope this never ends.  The programs they’ve provided,  Have brought me so much joy.  It’s because of DSNetwork,  That I’m such a big, big boy. My friends are all around me,  As I [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Brendan

Brendan loves that the Down Syndrome Walk makes more people aware of individuals with Down Syndrome and their abilities. "It is nice to get together with other families," says Brendan. "I like to be a role model for that. DSNetwork let's me be a spokesperson for their programs and activities. Check out my blog on DSNetwork's Facebook!" Brendan is an [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Henry

Henry's family is so excited for him to be an Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Walk AZ 2021.  He participated in his first Walk at 13 months. They walk in the Down Syndrome Walk to give back to the Down Syndrome Network and to help other families in need of support and education! Henry and his family have been [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Larissa

Larissa and her family walk to generate support for Down Syndrome Network and to bring awareness to the community about Down syndrome. Throughout every developmental stage, we search for answers to the many questions that seem to come up related to Down syndrome. The many workshops, webinars and activities provided by DSNetwork have given their family so much information, [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Nohea

"My sister Nohea came to live with us in March of 2020," says Janeive. "This was an unplanned move that came suddenly and with the pandemic it made it an extra tough year for our family. I'm happy to say Nohea adjusted very well." Janeive connected with the DSNetwork on Facebook. "It has been one of the best resources [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Michelle

Michelle's family says "My family and I participate in the Down Syndrome Walk to support the Down Syndrome Network and all the resources they provide.  They have always been so helpful and bring events to our family members who have Down syndrome that are so much fun.  Our daughter, Laura Michelle, is looking forward to the holiday dance in [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Mark

The Whittley-Taylor family, are proud to accept the ambassador honor that was given to their seven year old son Mark Whittley-Taylor. Their family has been a part of the Down Syndrome Network family for about five years. In this short time, they have gained a ton of knowledge and resources. Mark Jr has come a long way from the [...]

2021 Walk Ambassador – Meet Maddison

Maddison says, "I am happy to be named a 2021 Down Syndrome Walk Ambassador! I am 24 years old and have been a part of Down Syndrome Network since moving to the East Valley in 2016. I currently work on my job skills at Pathway to Work in Tempe. I would like to work in an office setting one day. [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Jonathan

Jonathan is happy to be named a Buddy Walk Ambassador this year by Down Syndrome Network AZ. Jonathan’s, mom Jill remembers discovering that Jon had Down syndrome when she was in recovery from his birth in 2002.  She had not learned yet about the wonderful life change Jonathan would bring to her family.  She did not grow up knowing [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Rodger

Rodger is super excited and honored to be an Ambassador of this year's Buddy Walk! He doesn’t let Down syndrome keep him from doing what he loves, and he loves to live his life to the fullest. Rodger is a Special Olympics gold medalist. He enjoys a wide range of sports, including unified volleyball, golf, tennis, kayaking, tennis and swimming. At age [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Vivienne

This is Vivienne Kissler and she is one of this year's Buddy Walk Ambassadors for the Down Syndrome Network Arizona! She has been a part of the Buddy Walk since she was 7 months. It is one of Vivienne's favorite events where she loves to see her friends and meet new friends. Raising donations for DSNetwork is very important [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Abby

Abby's family is participating in the 2020 Buddy Walk to support inclusion for people with Down Syndrome. Abby, who her mom affectionately calls 'Booboo', is 16-years old and has Down Syndrome. "We did not know about Abby’s diagnosis until she was born," say Abby's mom Veronica. "There definitely was a period of adjustment for us...we grieved for her, not [...]

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