How Shopping is a Hazard to Our Environment

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It’s all too much: too many things to buy and too many things we throw away. We fill up our trash cans with stuff that couldn’t last a year. And we do it over and over. We support stores that pretend to be environmentally friendly. It’s not all bleak. In …

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Zero Divided by Zero: A Funny Answer by Siri

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I asked my son if he had thrown any of his toys under the couch. “Zero!” he said emphatically. I asked my son if he wanted to do his homework. He held up his hand and made a circle with his fingers and thumb and said zero. Understanding the concept …

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Finding Nemo and Ed the Chimp

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Who wants those old, big, needing-always-to-be-rewound video cassette tapes? We do. Compared to the DVD, the VCR works better for my son. The tape goes in, it plays until I push stop or it ends and there’s no skipping, freezing, or most importantly, choices like special features or language. We …

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How to Become A Star on Times Square

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Submit a photo to the National Down Syndrome to the 2015 Times Square Video Project. One photo per child is permitted. The deadline is July 22, 2015. The video compilation runs in coordination with the NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City. In the past, NDSS says it usually gets …

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The Lesson of the Blue Cup: Teaching Independence by Doing Nothing

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“Outside,” my son said, as he pointed to the windows. The day was warm, the kind we’ve been waiting for all year. We gathered a game to play outside and a blanket to sit on. He led the way. We sat on the blanket. We discussed the rules of the …

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The Word Retarded: Does It Hurt? Do We Need It?

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Retarded. Tough word. Tough sounding. Hearing the word retarded may make some cringe, but it’s out there.  I’ve been told I was lucky to have a retarded child. A father was fired from Chili’s restaurant when he asked managers to support him in his request to not be called a …

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