Welcome

Orange Socks is a powerful new initiative aimed at educating expectant parents who’ve been advised by their doctor to abort their baby due to discovery of a disability.  Gerald Nebeker, who has long been a leader in the disability field and is himself the father of a child with Down Syndrome, is our newest Liahona Project Author.  His must-read Personal Essay can be found HERE.  


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Hi-tech Toys for Disabled Kids

Engineering and physical therapy students at the University of North Florida have teamed up to fill an important gap in the toy industry. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (that good woman’s work for … Continued

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Exercise for All

“Without the examples of both my older brothers, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” So says 31-year-old firefighter Evan Fitzgerald of Kaysville, Utah. He and his much loved older brother James, who has Down Syndrome, have created an exercise class for those … Continued

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Five Good Things

We have a tradition in our family.  It’s called 5 Good Things! It is said that if a person hears 5 good things a day about themselves from people whose opinion means something to them,  their self esteem and personal … Continued

Personal Essays

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Orange Socks

Currently, most pregnancies where the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome are terminated through abortion.  Today, Down syndrome and several other disabilities can be detected through genetic and other testing “in utero”.  When the news is given, often these shocked … Continued

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From Yearning to Serving

Mid-October 2016 This has been the most amazing of hard weeks in many ways.  But this morning, I am only thinking of one of them.  Today is the hinge-point of a new adventure. Over 2 years ago,  my 21 year … Continued

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Watching from the Fringe

What do you do for those days when it suddenly hits you that your child may never have the life experiences that you hoped for him?  That he might always be on the sidelines, watching others from the fringe? I know … Continued

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The Non Baptism Day

A high pitched squeal of laughter pierces the otherwise reverent Sacrament Meeting as my son, Cohen, races at full speed towards the stand.  My husband’s feet are heavy and loud as he sprints after him.  Besides a few suppressed smiles, … Continued

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The Flip Side to Flexible

When you have Special in your life, you learn to adapt.  As do your other children. I am not speaking of the adapting of your physical environment – your home, your furniture, the car, etc. Although, we do all of … Continued

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These Special Ones Can Do Hard Things, Too

A spontaneous standing ovation erupted from the crowd of thousands as Elijah’s name was called.  Elijah couldn’t contain his excitement, so he sprinted up the aisle to the stage.  His grin stretched into a huge smile as he was given … Continued

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Her Voice

Last Sunday was our ward’s Primary program and Elise’s first one participating in. When the speaking parts were assigned and passed out to each child, I was pleased to know that Elise had a speaking part as well. It is … Continued

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It’s Okay To Be A Lower Light

Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all. Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in.  Do I really know enough? Can I do it?  I have … Continued

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Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

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Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued

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Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued