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Success Stories in the IDD Community: Li Xiang

Li Xiang is a chinese special olympic athlete. His whole life, he has been breaking down barriers for people with disabilities in China. Chinese people face high levels of stigma if they have a disability from the moment they are diagnosed. His parents were shocked when they originally got his diagnoses of Down syndrome becauseContinue reading “Success Stories in the IDD Community: Li Xiang”

Success Stories in the IDD Community: Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart was born on November 13, 1996. She is seen as the first professional model with Down syndrome. She was born in Australia. Stuart has participated in many fashion weeks all around the world. Some of these include Paris Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Runway Dubia, Russian Fashion Week, FashionContinue reading “Success Stories in the IDD Community: Madeline Stuart”

Success Stories in the IDD Community: Judith Scott

On May 1st, 1943, Judith Scott was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her twin sister, Joyce, was also born that day. One big difference between them was that Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome and her sister, Joyce, was not. Soon after they were born, Judith developed scarlett fever which took away her ability toContinue reading “Success Stories in the IDD Community: Judith Scott”

Success Stories in the IDD Community: Collette Divitto

Collette Divitto is an accomplished baker. She was born with Down syndrome and decided to open her own bakery at the age of 26. Her bakery dreams became a reality because she felt defeated applying for jobs because no one seemed to want to hire her. She decided to take her fate into her ownContinue reading “Success Stories in the IDD Community: Collette Divitto”

Success Stories in the IDD Community: Marty Sheets

Early Life Marty Sheets began his life in 1953 by being born prematurely. The first 15 days of his life were spent in an incubator and soon after that, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. From a young age, his parents encouraged him to interact with the world to practice his social skills and taughtContinue reading “Success Stories in the IDD Community: Marty Sheets”