Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IMAGINE- A poem by Mark J. Hublar


By Mark Hublar
Imagine a world with no bullies
It is easy to do
Just include everyone in your kindness
And it will come back to you
Imagine everyone with a real job
It’s not hard to do
People with Disabilities
Can be great employees and can make money too
Imagine everyone with an education
It is easy to do
People with disabilities
Need to learn - so teach us too
Imagine everyone with a social life
It can be done
People with disabilities
should be included
so they can have fun!
Imagine everyone living on our own
It’s easy to see
If it includes you
Then it should include me
Imagine equal rights for everyone
It’s not hard to do
Laws can be changed
And it can begin with you
You may say that I’m a Dreamer
But it is easy to see
Being Included in this world
Is what matters to me

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Life With Down Syndrome
by Beckman

What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is a condition where a person is born with an extra chromosome.

Down Syndrome is the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and cause of learning disabilities in children.

When I was born, along with having  Down Syndrome, I was born with a hole in my heart.

Down Syndrome Misconceptions
Myth: People with Down Syndrome are always happy.
Truth: People with Down Syndrome have feelings like everyone else.

Myth: Adults with Down Syndrome are like children.
Truth: Adults with Down Syndrome should be treated like adults. They have the same thoughts and feelings as other adults. And enjoy being around other adults.

Myth: People with Down Syndrome can’t be active members of society.
Truth: People with Down Syndrome have jobs, hobbies and take part in other activities. They pursue education. They make meaningful contributions to society. 

My jobs
 I Have worked at a Funeral Home since I was 18 years old.
I open doors and greet people during visitations.
I like being able to care for other people.

I also work at Clothes Mentor.
I organize clothes by color and size.
I enjoy this job because I like clothes and interacting with my co-workers.


I am a sophomore at Jefferson Community and Technical College, in a program called College Connection.
I’ve learned about how to apply for jobs, how to do interviews and proper study habits. This year, I’m taking classes on acting, art, music and science. 

I enjoy singing and have taken part in the Down Syndrome of Louisville Talent Show for the past four years.
I’m a big fan of musicals, and in the talent show, I sung songs from “Les Miserables,” “Aladdin” and “Hamilton.”
I also like to dance. I danced to “Beauty and  the Beast.”

I enjoy hanging out with my boyfriend, Lucas, and my friends.

I also like reading books, being in plays, playing kickball, bowling and going to the movies.

In this photo, I’m in “Cinderella,” a play done at my church.

Down Syndrome of Louisville
I am also active at Down Syndrome of Louisville.
I attend many events with them and go to Life Skills and Steps to Independence classes.
I learn about cooking, being nice to others, communication skills, how to travel, different languages, shopping and more.
I also meet a tutor, Emily, every Thursday.
We work on math, reading, money counting and spelling.
We are reading, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” We also read “Annie,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” “Rip Van Winkle” and “Little Women.”
I will also go to plays with Emily. This is us at “Oliver” at JCC’s Centerstage.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Top 5 Things I love about tutoring at DSL
By Katie

5.  I like to do brain games with my special tutor Lindsay at DSL because it’s fun.

4. I see Bryon, Andy, Matt, and their tutors too.

3. Lindsay helps my math, money, and reading skills.  I love it and I like to learn.  I like to set more goals for tutoring at DSL.

2. I like to read about Josh Hutcherson.

1. I like tutoring because I look forward to spending time talking with my tutor. I love Lindsay because she is an amazing tutor forever. Lindsay is my favorite tutor because she always makes me happy and she gave me a huge hug at DSL for being her student.

Book Club- by Grant

We are on our 4th book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  In the past, we have read the Wicked script, the Alice in Wonderland script and The BFG. I love to read the books and especially the scripts, because they are easy to follow, and I like to hear people play their parts.  I like to share what I learn with my friends.  We share ideas, brainstorm, laugh, talk, eat and have a good time.  My friends and I love to pick each other's brains about the book.