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Truths Everyone Needs to Understand About Down Syndrome

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People affected by Down syndrome explain what it’s like and what to expect if someone you love gets a Down syndrome diagnosis.

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Dad's 'Photo Duel' With Daughter With Down Syndrome Has Wonderful Outcome

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A professional photographer and his daughter with Down syndrome take pictures of the same subject in a fun “photo duel” to show the artistic capabilities of people with disabilities.

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Mom Becomes Special Needs Photographer After Her Daughter Is Born With Down Syndrome

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Stephanie Mullowney’s passion for photography didn’t start until after her daughter was born with Down syndrome. Now Mullowney runs Paper Dolls Photography.

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Collette Divitto, Woman With Down Syndrome, Starts Collettey's Cookie Business

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Collette Divitto knows how to make a good cookie, and now the 26-year-old is learning how to run a business. Her company, Collettey’s, started after Divitto, who has Down syndrome, found it difficult to find a paying job.

“Many people who interviewed me for jobs said I was really nice but not a good fit for them,” Divitto told Upworthy. “It was really hurtful and I felt rejected a lot.”

With the help of her mom and her sister, Divitto landed her first recurring order, 100 cookies per week for Golden Goose Market. After Divitto’s story aired on CBS Boston, the Boston-native’s business has been booming, with more than 10,000 orders coming in from around the world. Now, due to expanding demand, Collettey’s has moved beyond Divitto’s kitchen and into Golden Goose Market’s industrial kitchen.

To help meet the demand for her chocolate chip cookies dipped in cinnamon, Divitto has turned to GoFundMe, with the hopes of raising almost half-a-million dollars so she can expand her business and hire others with disabilities.

“Do not give up,” Divitto told ABC News. “Live [your] dreams and keep on doing what you have to do.”

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These Baskets Are Designed for New Parents Whose Kids Have Down Syndrome

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Brittany Schiavone made the nonprofit Brittany’s Baskets of Hope for new families expecting a child with down syndrome.

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