From LPB, “Heartwarming story – kids can be powerful!”

By Genevieve Shaw Brown |

When an 11-year-old boy with Down syndrome was told he would not be able to attend middle school with his friends in the fall, they went to bat for him.

Brady Green’s classmates went to a school board meeting to speak about why the boy should attend Blevins Middle School with them in September. Six fifth-graders from Brady’s elementary school in Fort Collins, Colorado, took to the podium to speak about how he has enriched their lives.–abc-news-parenting.html#

From LPB, “A great day today at the MA State House advocating for people with Down syndrome. Of importance to us – Bill S2157/H4040 to ensure continuation and increased funding for Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment initiative so students with IDD can continue to have inclusive higher education opportunities at MA colleges and universities.”

For more coverage on the MDSC’s Annual Advocacy Day, visit

From LPB, “Maureen Blazejewski, M.Ed., one of our educational consultants, who also serves as Director of Education of the MDSC will be hosting a free webinar next Wed, May 25 at 12:00 PM EST – IEP Development: Considerations for Effective Advocacy

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan out for the new areas of focus over the next calendar year. This webinar will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.”

REGISTER HERE:…/6021879324322698500

From LPB, “Lovely to watch this young lady with Down syndrome with the Zumba moves! Won’t you love to try Yulissa Arescurenaga’s class?”

By Tiare Dunlap |

When Yulissa Arescurenaga took her first Zumba class in 2008, she dreamed of one day making it her life’s work by becoming a certified instructor. The only problem was that there were no other instructors out there like Arescurenaga, who has Down syndrome.