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Disability Diagnosis in Multicultural Communities
Disability occurs at nearly the same frequency across race, culture and ethnicity, but diagnosis for chronic health conditions, developmental delay or autism in early childhood is too often delayed for children of color. They also lack of representation in research and awareness.

A Childhood with Down Syndrome
Babies with Down syndrome who grow up with friends with similar interests or geography often have more in common with their family and mainstream peers than they do with other chromosomally enhanced children and teens.

Earaches and Ear Infections
Children with disabilities experience ear infections and painful earaches at least as often as their mainstream peers. Symptoms may be attributed to the primary diagnosis, behavior issues, or other factors; especially for the very young or those with communication delays.

People with Down Syndrome Raise Awareness
Families and advocacy organizations raise awareness about the potential of individuals with Down syndrome during events year-round, and especially during October or on World Down Syndrome Day March 21st. People with Down syndrome are more powerful advocates, working or just living ordinary lives.

Early Intervention and Multicultural Competence
There is the same cultural and ethnic diversity among families of children with disabilities as their local community, rarely reflected in the staff or leadership of early intervention centers and advocacy groups. Outreach and programming should be culturally appropriate and inclusive for all.

Comedians and Intellectual Disabilities
Individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families have deep diversity in their appreciation of humor, funny situations, and comedians. Unfortunately, many comedy writers and performers are motivated by the cheap laughs they can earn by denigrating people with developmental disabilities.

Incessantly Crying Babies: Colic and Purple Crying
New parents of young babies may be overwhelmed by incessant crying just at the time when it is least likely that they can find out what works to soothe their child. Adult sleep deprivation and the changes a baby introduces into the household can make dealing with the 'purple stage' difficult.

Transportation Options - Childhood Disabilities
Availability of transportation to early intervention, therapy, and doctors appointments for babies and young children with disabilities or developmental delays has a significant impact on opportunities they find in early childhood.

Work, Wages, and Down Syndrome
A serious topic of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address was income inequality. Healthy adults with college degrees are struggling in jobs with unlivable minimum wages, and it is crucial that adults with Down syndrome find employment with livable wages to enjoy independent living

Advocate Moms and Quarterback Amnesia
Just as football quarterbacks have to forget an interception or other unfortunate outcome to continue on to a big win, moms who advocate in the best interests of their children may need to employ serial amnesia to put aside setbacks in the moment and create the best possible opportunities every day.

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