Our Stories

Our Stories – Charlotte Rice

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Our Stories | 0 comments

Our daughter, Charlotte, was born early at 27 weeks. We had had an inkling that she might have Down syndrome based on preliminary clues that our doctor had seen but never got any sort of confirmation before I went into labor. When she was born, there were so many other complications that Down syndrome seemed really trivial as far as things we should be concerned about. But as she got healthier, it was something that started worrying me. What did Down syndrome mean? What things would she be able to do? How different was this going to be from what I had been expecting? We received a...

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Our Stories – Charlie and Milo McConnel

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Our Stories | 0 comments

My name is Julie McConnel and my youngest boys, Charlie and Milo, are fraternal twins both with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. We received the news of our double lottery win when I was about 18 weeks pregnant. At the time we had no idea just how lucky we were and we struggled with the uncertainty of a future raising not just one, but two children with an extra chromosome. We were afraid we might not be the best equipped to care for them and even considered finding an adoptive family for them. I’m so thankful that we chose to act in faith rather than fear and decided to parent our two boys,...

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COVID-19 Updates

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello TVDSA. These are certainly different times we are in now. To put a TVDSA spin on it, we would hope that these days would be “More Alike Than Different” than pre-pandemic, but that does not seem to be the reality of it. We hope that you and yours are staying safe. As we are sure you have heard by now, TVDSA is going through a few changes. We obviously were not expecting a pandemic to throw a wrench into our already rearranged 2020 slate of events. To ensure we are communicating as transparently as possible, we wanted to post an update to make sure everyone is in the loop...

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End the R-word

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Our Stories, Uncategorized | 2 comments

We created this video in support of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, an on-going initiative from Special Olympics and Best Buddies to eradicate the derogatory use of the word “retard(ed)” from everyday use and promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Five siblings of individuals with Down syndrome in Idaho’s Treasure Valley volunteered to help us spread the word that their brother or sister with Down syndrome is not defined by their disability. A big thanks to all those who helped us create this video by...

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Our Stories – Aaden Vranish

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 in Our Stories | 0 comments

On December 17, 2008 a little angel sent by God was delivered into our arms. He weighed 4lbs 13oz and was 16 inches long. We went through a lot of trials and tribulations to get him here. But it was all worth it. After 4 miscarriages I was pregnant again and VERY scared this would be number 5. I spent a lot of time on my knees praying this little baby would stick. My anxiety was so high I would shake and sweat in the waiting room before seeing my doctor. I worried there wouldn’t be a heartbeat. It was very nerve breaking. I had a hard time sleeping and functioning throughout the day until a...

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Our Stories – Baylee Auger

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Our Stories | 0 comments

Baylee is a blessing.  She can fill a room with happiness and smiles.  She continually supersedes expectations, both in academics and in extracurricular activities.  Yes, there are frustrations at times, but what parent doesn’t have any frustrations with their kids?  It does bother me occasionally, when people still jump to conclusions about what to expect or even want from her, as I know she can do so much more.  But their subconscious labeling of what they think individuals with Down syndrome (or any other disability for that matter) can do stops them from expecting more.  I...

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