GiGi’s Playhouse is coming to WNY!


Bringing a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced by their families, schools, and communities…changing the way the world sees Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. 21_Connect is proud to partner with GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. to bring a Down … Continue reading GiGi’s Playhouse is coming to WNY!

DDDay is here!


Join us today as we celebrate 30 years of awareness.  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is held at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls and hosts informative workshops covering topics including Treatment of Depression in Persons with I/DD; Communicating Disability: The Language of Access, Accommodations and Inclusion for People Who Are Not Yet Disabled (and … Continue reading DDDay is here!

Inclusive Education at its Finest!!


Cody Sullivan graduated from Concordia University this past weekend.  He’s the first student with Down syndrome to graduate college in just four years in Oregon. Cody received a certificate of achievement in Elementary Education thanks to the West Coast Think College coalition program.  The program works with colleges and universities to include students with intellectual disabilities … Continue reading Inclusive Education at its Finest!!

The Down Syndrome ‘Super Genome’


We knew it all along: our kiddos are super heroes.  Researchers have found that children born with Down syndrome have an excellent genome in many ways — better, in fact, than the average genome of people without the genetic abnormality. “The research has shown that for a child with Down [syndrome] to survive pregnancy and then … Continue reading The Down Syndrome ‘Super Genome’

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!


Yum!!  A mom and her daughter with Down syndrome won $45,000 in a cooking contest.  Rather than winning with chicken, five year old Gabby and her mom created a peanut butter rice flan. “I want people to know more about special-needs children and how wonderful they are,” Gabby’s mom said. “It’s a journey, but an … Continue reading Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!