School Inclusion for Kids with Disabilities

Jillian Benfield writes about her experience learning that her son will be born with Down syndrome. Benfield tells her audience that through her research, learning about school inclusion gave her a sense of comfort. “Inclusion” does not simply mean the placement of students with disabilities in general education classes. This process must incorporate fundamental change in […]

21 and Change Luncheon

21 & Change Celebrates First Year Empowering The “Differently-abled”

Pictured: Paige Byrnes, John Greene, Eric Polins, Michelle Richards, Sunny Alexander, John Bodor, Yani Bodor, Suzie Huening, and Sean Coniglio. TAMPA, Fla. (July 18, 2019) – Celebrating their first year as an established Florida based 501 (c)(3) public nonprofit organization, 21 & Change, Inc. recently hosted their First Anniversary and Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon at the […]

21 & Change Partners with Florida Hate Crime Coalition

TAMPA, Fla. (April 22, 2019) — 21 & Change, Inc. President John Bodor announced today the organization’s board of directors unanimously approved a partnership and membership with the Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC) spearheaded by Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Florida. “It’s unfortunate that hate exists and continues to be taught; however, we feel that partnering with […]

HCP Associates Wins Angel Award for Non-Profit Campaign

TAMPA Fla. (April 16, 2019) – Yesterday the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Fourth District recognized HCP Associates with a Silver Angel Award for excellence in public service advertising on behalf of non-profit client, 21 & Change Inc. The Angel Awards showcases exceptional work that fulfills impactful goals, benefits the community and stands above the rest. […]

Champions for Change

Chris Conte of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Joins 21 & Change for 1st Annual Champions for Change Challenge

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Calling all Champions for Change! If you are a professional athlete, a ‘differently-abled’ athlete or an amateur, register today and join Chris Conte, safety of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the folks from 21 & Change for the first annual Champions for Change Challenge taking place at the Tampa Movement Lab on Saturday, March […]

Ethan Saylor

Ethan’s Legacy: A Life that Mattered

IN JANUARY 2013, 26-year-old Ethan Saylor went to see Zero Dark Thirty with his aide, Mary, at a movie theater in F rederick County, Maryland. After the movie ended, Mary left to get her car, and Ethan went back into the theater to watch the movie again. When the theater manager asked him to leave […]

Rep. Tom Cole(R-OK) (Center) with (From Left) Doris and Aaron Erhart and Heather and Lisa Hancock of Oklahoma City

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Increase NIH Funding for Down Syndrome Research

A STANDING OVATION, A TESTIMONY THAT WENT VIRAL, AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT DEFINE A FIRST-EVER CONGRESSIONAL HEARING FOCUSED ON DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH. THE GLOBAL DOWN SYNDROME FOUNDATION has been working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for nearly a decade advocating for increased federal funding […]

Girl with Down syndrome makes heart gesture with hands

CBS News Report About Iceland’s Prenatal Testing Practices Shocks Americans

PRENATAL SCREENING TESTS offer parents-to-be unquestioned benefits, including the opportunity to understand their chances of having a baby with Down syndrome. Prenatal counseling should provide accurate, balanced information about what a diagnosis of Down syndrome could mean and can provide people with an opportunity to plan not only for a child with Down syndrome but […]

Kayla of the National Down Syndrome Society

CBS News – Meet the high-powered Washington lobbyist with Down syndrome

WASHINGTON — Kayla McKeon may be Washington’s most unlikely powerbroker. As the first registered lobbyist with Down Syndrome, the 31-year-old roams the Capitol advocating for the National Down Syndrome Society. “She’s an incredible asset to this organization,” said her boss, Sarah Hart Weir. “She’s extremely articulate. And she’s quick on her feet.” “And I’m not […]

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