Wed, 7 September 2016
We go back to the NDSC conference and interview 5 people doing incredible things in the DS and Disability community in their own very unique ways! What a blast talking with all of these people. Click on each name to learn a bit more about each person below.
Maria Dellapina - 5:50 - Maria is the founder and CEO of Specs4Us. She shares her story and a somewhat tragic story that happened to her and her daughter Erin this year, which every parent needs to hear. She was also named Toyota's Mother of Invention this year.
Marcus and Mardra Sikora - 30:40 - Marcus and his mom Mardra, are now officially both professional writers. While Mardra has been writing and advocating for a while through blogs and published articles, as well as co-authoring A Parents Guide To Down Syndrome, Marcus is new on the scene with a very well done children's story called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band.
Tony Piontek - 39:50 - Tony has been a self-advocate pretty much his whole life and has worked for or on the boards the NDSC, IDSC, and Global Down Syndrome Foundation to name a few. Tony can always be found ready to talk, listen, and smile!
Melanie Perkins McLaughlin - 45:10 - Melanie is a mother of a child with DS and an Emmy award winning filmmaker. She recently produced a series of shorts for the NDSS entitled "My Great Story". Amazing work from an amazing person!