It seems Gerber has stirred up some controversy. This week, the pureed food purveyors appointed its first-ever "spokesbaby" with Down syndrome.
For some, this is a move toward greater inclusion;…for others, it seems like just a tokenizing PR move. Lucas Warren, an 18-month-old from Dalton, Georgia, won the company's Gerber baby contest yesterday — a contest his parents entered him into. Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, told Today that Lucas is "the perfect fit," adding that the company chooses "the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding… >> Read More
When you see someone's new baby, the last thing you should ever say is "sorry." This is why I love this campaign from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society called “Anything But Sorry," which…dispels myths about people with Down syndrome, and also parents of children with that genetic syndrome. The video notes: When a baby is born parents are usually showered with oohs, aahs and congratulations. The last thing most people would say to a new parent is "sorry." Yet this is exactly what many parents of a baby… >> Read More
Everyone has dreams--and rarely do they ever go exactly as planned (if ever!). And that's OK, of course, although it doesn't make the deviations necessarily easier to handle. For one mom whose…daughter was born with Down Syndrome, this was the case. She bravely opened up in a raw and honest speech, which as since made its rounds on the internet. Back in 2015, comedian Bethany Van Delft was featured at The Moth, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to storytelling, to share her story of having a child with Down… >> Read More
One mother in Burton, Ohio, just made life better for countless people with Down syndrome. Maria Dellapina, an eyeglass frame designer and buyer, finally did what no one else has yet: Designing…eyeglass frames for people with Down syndrome. Dellapina was inspired by her own daughter with Down syndrome, now 16-year-old Erin Farragher, who needed glasses when she was about 20 months old. Dellapina, naturally, tried to find the perfect pair, but soon realized conventional frame designs didn’t properly fit Erin. Since people with Down syndrome often have… >> Read More
Noelia Garella made her dream come true: At 31, she is now a nursery school teacher--and she's the first nursery school teacher with Down syndrome in Argentina. As a child, she was called a…"monster," but now she's helping children grow and learn. Recently, Garella told AFP how she wanted to be a teacher since she was a child herself: “I adore this. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher, because I like children so much. I want them to read and listen, because… >> Read More