TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama sports community is mourning the death of a fan with Down syndrome who was known for his weekly football season visits to the athletic facilities...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is launching another effort to outlaw abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, passing legislation Tuesday that...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was surrounded by Republican lawmakers Tuesday as he signed his first bill into law, a measure that passed unanimously and removes the term "mental...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation that would ban abortions because of a Down syndrome diagnosis, the latest in a series of restrictions on the...
Utah governor signs Down syndrome abortion ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a proposal to ban abortions if the only reason is the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Arkansas Senate approves Down syndrome abortion ban
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a measure prohibiting doctors from performing abortions because of a Down syndrome diagnosis, the latest restriction on the procedure...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a received a nearly $29 million gift the university says will be used to enhance research and improve the lives of people with...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will sign a Republican bill removing the term "mental retardation" from five state agencies' administrative codes even though he's already issued an...
The Latest: Disabled urge removal of offensive language
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would remove the phrase "mental retardation" from a number of state agencies' administrative code (all times local):
Utah Legislature passes Down syndrome abortion ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on abortions sought only because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome passed the Utah Legislature on Thursday, sending the measure to Gov. Gary...
Utah House passes Down syndrome abortion ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House of Representatives has passed a proposal to ban abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The legislation approved Friday would only go into effect if a similar law is upheld in court, a provision added to address concerns that it could embroil the state in an expensive lawsuit.
Bill to bar abortions due to Down syndrome passes committee
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah Senate committee has approved legislation barring abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
This is the second year the bill has been introduced, and the committee vote on Wednesday came after the sponsor added language addressing concerns that the bill could be unconstitutional.
Arguments set on Ohio ban on abortions due to Down syndrome
CINCINNATI (AP) — Lawyers are preparing to make their cases to a federal court for and against the constitutionality of an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Oral arguments were scheduled Wednesday before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Girl models, is ‘proud self-advocate’ for Down syndrome
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Brogan Paul, 11, is unstoppable.
The 4-foot-5-inch dynamo models, acts, dances and is a cheerleader when she isn't in her fourth-grade class at Resurrection Catholic School.
"That's a daddy/daughter day recital," Brogan said, pointing in a photo album at a picture showing her and her father, Lakeland dentist Dr. John Paul, dancing.
‘One of the guys’ at UK fraternity is 1st with Down Syndrome
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Friday is cleanup day at the University of Kentucky's FarmHouse Fraternity on Rose Lane, and the place hummed with vacuum cleaners overlaid on the dulcet tones of Lynyrd Skynryd and the occasional 'thwack' of a pool ball.
Abortion restriction, Internet sales tax first bills filed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A measure banning abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis and a proposal to require online retailers to collect Arkansas sales tax are among the first bills lawmakers filed ahead of next year's session.
Ten measures had been introduced by late afternoon Thursday, the first day lawmakers could pre-file bills for the session that begins in January.
Lawsuit: School system turns away child with Down syndrome
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A family is suing a school district in Tennessee's wealthiest county for repeatedly denying their child with Down syndrome access to its afterschool program.
Minnesota fundraiser sold mannequin lamps
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — When the Winona J.C. Penney closed last year, Sheryl Miller saw an opportunity.
The Winona resident didn't know exactly what she wanted to do with the mannequins for sale in the store, but she knew she wanted to do something. So she bought them, took them home and decided to give them a new purpose.
They certainly have a new purpose now — to light up a life.
A model with Down syndrome fulfills her fashion week dream
NEW YORK (AP) — Marian Avila, a 21-year-old Spanish model with Down syndrome, fulfilled her dream to walk at New York Fashion Week thanks to an Atlanta designer she met through the magic of social media.
And she did it with flair Saturday in the ballroom of a Midtown hotel in evening looks of red and gold, her parents and siblings in the audience and other models who have challenges by her side.
Davenport gym offers workouts for people with Down syndrome
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The parking lot is packed on a recent weeknight at CrossFit OC3 in Davenport, which looks like a typical warehouse gym from the outside.
On this night, however, there's a 90-minute class being offered unlike any other in the Quad-Cities.
A small group of teens, 20- and 30-somethings with Down syndrome is clapping and cheering for each other as they jump on boxes, toss medicine balls and walk on their hands and feet, also known here as a bear crawl.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Melika Aghaei's fingers move slowly across the keys of the digital piano as she softly sings a children's song to the delight of the cafe's customers, while Mehdi Khakian takes orders for espressos and lattes.
Located near the bustling Vanak Square in north Tehran, the "Downtism Cafe" stands out from other coffee shops in the affluent neighborhood for its unique staff. All have either Down syndrome, like Aghaei, or autism, like Khakian, and run the entire operation themselves.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Hanging on the wall at ATA Martial Arts is a whiteboard with an underlined word that reads: 'RESPECT: It's not what you know, it's what you do.'
Every student who enters Master Ryan Arndt's studio bows before even stepping foot onto the mat.
Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: ‘Wah wah’
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."
Corey Lewandowski appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss President Trump's hard-line immigration policy, which has led to the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally.
Earlier Tuesday, a Mexican official said one of those children was a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to prohibit abortions in Pennsylvania when the sole reason is that the fetus has or may have Down syndrome is advancing in the Republican-controlled state Senate.
The bill won passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line basis Wednesday. It passed the Republican-majority House in April by a comfortable margin, 139 to 56, but Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf opposes it.
Down syndrome activists to lobby lawmakers
BOSTON (AP) — Advocates for people with Down syndrome are planning to gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse this week to meet with lawmakers.
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress says they also plan to meet with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday during their annual Down Syndrome Advocacy Day on Beacon Hill.
Editor: I received an email from the PADEMS, which was very surprising because I never subscribed for these emails. I was shocked by what I read. It asked that people contact their state representatives and ask that they vote “NO” on House Bill 2050, which they call an attack on women’s reproductive rights.
By Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis, Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s House passed a politically charged bill Monday that would prohibit abortions based on a diagnosis — or even just a belief — that a fetus has Down syndrome.
The House passed the bill with bipartisan support, 139-56, marking the second time in five months that the Republican-led chamber has rushed through a bill restricting abortions without holding a public hearing.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to prohibit abortions in Pennsylvania when the sole reason is that the fetus has or may have Down syndrome passed the state House on Monday by a comfortable margin.
The Republican-majority chamber voted 139-56 to send the Senate a bill that supporters said would protect a vulnerable population.
WSU launches two-year program for students with autism, Down syndrome
A new program at Washington State University aims to provide job opportunities and an authentic college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome.
The two-year program is called ROAR – an acronym that stands for responsibility, opportunity, advocacy and respect – and applications are being accepted for the first class of four students.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah family who sued the Boy Scouts of America for policies they claimed discriminated against their son with Down syndrome has withdrawn the lawsuit after the organization said it would help the boy earn his Eagle Scout award.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that attorneys for 15-year-old Logan Blythe's family met March 27 with national Boy Scouts representatives.
Houston's Friends of Down Syndrome hosted the fourth annual Cinderella Ball on March 24 at the Red Oak Ballroom at the Norris Conference Center in Houston's CityCentre.
This last Wednesday, if you happened to notice people wearing socks with crazy colors and prints, it was very likely they were acknowledging World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
Since 2012, March 21 has been observed by the United Nations as a global awareness day for Down syndrome. March 21 was not a random selection for this observance, but is distinctive because it’s the 21st day of the third month, signifying the unique triplication (trisomy) on the 21st chromosome, leading to Down syndrome.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Like many college students, Jonny Peay, of Orem, was elated when his acceptance letter to Utah State University landed in his mailbox.
"I felt so happy," Jonny said.
For Peay, 22, getting into USU was an intricate process of meetings, interviewing and then spending a day on campus to see if he fit with the campus and if the campus fit for him.
Local residents joined in with the Star-Herald on Wednesday by wearing crazy socks to raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day.
A Utah father is suing the Boy Scouts of America and the Utah National Parks Council after his son, who has Down syndrome, wasn't allowed to complete his Eagle Project.
Logan Blythe, who is 15, had been participating in Boy Scouts for several years, when his Eagle Project was suddenly suspended, according to his father's Salt Lake City-based attorney Edward McBride.
Sweet Spot in Lakewood offers free scoops for World Down Syndrome Day, start of spring
Sweet Spot in Lakewood offers free scoops for World Down Syndrome Day, start of spring
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- First came the idea: Celebrate the first day of spring by offering a free scoop of ice cream to patrons. Then came the realization: There is no sure sign of spring in Cleveland.
Just look at all the snow out there.
Well, the Sweet Spot made a slight change to the plan and everyone is happy – no matter what the weather looks like.
Father of boy with Down syndrome suing Boy Scouts
PAYSON, Utah (AP) — The father of a boy who has Down syndrome is suing the Boys Scouts of America for blocking his son from becoming an Eagle scout and revoking his merit badges.
Logan Blythe has been a scout through the National Parks Council in Utah. His father, Chad, says the 15-year-old has advanced because the council has made accommodations when necessary.
BOSTON (AP) — Fenway Park, TD Garden, Gillette Stadium and other prominent landmarks will be lighted blue and yellow this week to mark World Down Syndrome Day.
Organizers say Wednesday's colorful displays will commemorate an event the U.N. has observed since 2012, and to underscore how individuals with Down Syndrome need to be valued in their communities.
World Down Syndrome Day is held annually on the 21st day of the third month to signify the tripling of chromosome 21 which causes the condition.
WASHINGTON — Iceland must be pleased that it is close to success in its program of genocide, but before congratulating that nation on its final solution to the Down syndrome problem, perhaps it might answer a question: What is this problem?
Iceland must be pleased that it is close to success in its program of genocide, but before congratulating that nation on its final solution to the Down syndrome problem, perhaps it might answer a question: What is this problem? To help understand why some people might ask this question, today's column is being distributed together with two photographs. One is of Agusta, age 8, a citizen of Iceland. The other is of Lucas, age 1, an American citizen in Dalton, Georgia, who recently was selected to be 2018 Spokesbaby for the Gerber baby food company. They are two examples of the problem.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge's decision to put on hold a state law that bans doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio has "profound interests in combating discrimination against a class of human beings based upon disability."
Ohio attorney general will appeal ruling in Down syndrome abortion ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Thursday his office will appeal a federal judge's order blocking the state's Down syndrome abortion ban from taking effect.
Judge blocks Ohio ban on abortions due to Down syndrome
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome was placed on hold by a federal judge on Wednesday.
Federal judge blocks Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's new Down syndrome abortion ban is on hold after a federal judge in Cincinnati sided with abortion providers who claimed the ban was unconstitutional.
When Karen Gaffney’s mother found out she would be born with Down syndrome, the doctor said Karen probably would not be able to tie her own shoes. Instead, as Karen explained in a moving and eloquent TED Talk, she has become an accomplished open-water swimmer who has crossed the English Channel in a relay race and completed the swimming leg of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
There is a new push in anti-abortion circles to pass state laws aimed at barring women from terminating their pregnancies after the fetus has been determined to have Down syndrome. These laws are unconstitutional, unenforceable — and wrong.
This is a difficult subject to discuss because there are so many parents who have — and cherish — a child with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome live happy and fulfilled lives. The new Gerber baby with Down syndrome is awfully cute.
MOUNT VERNON — What started as a group tattoo between moms in Texas with Down syndrome children has become a global movement for awareness and appreciation.
Jeni Platte, mother of two children with Down syndrome, organized Mount Vernon’s own piece of the movement Saturday at Good Vibes Body Art.
Jeni Platte and her husband Matt Platte adopted their children Leo and Lily, both 7, when they were under 3 years old.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators will wrap up their 45-day annual session Thursday while trying to strike an agreement on controversial measures to delay ballot initiatives and ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Lawmakers have already passed more than 400 bills and are expected to churn through about 100 others before adjourning at midnight.
Here's a look at where key issues landed as the Legislature wraps up its business: