What I Do!
Hi and thank you for stopping by. I am Marla, a native New Jerseyan living in the Boston area with my family. I am a mother to my amazingly determined 11-year-old son Jacob, diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, stepmother to my incredibly independent 22-year-old stepdaughter Amanda, and wife to my best friend and biggest cheerleader Paul. I am a multi-business owner, author, speaker and Down Syndrome Advocate.
I love to educate others not only on the beauty of individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome but their determination and more importantly their “abilities“. Although they may be enhanced with an extra chromosome that doesn’t make them any different. They have dreams and aspirations like all of us. They want and are fully capable of living a quality of life, with the potential to thrive and contribute if only give the opportunity.
Helping others understand that they are really no different than all of us. They want to be educated in an inclusive environment, work in meaningful jobs, and be respected and valued in their communities like their peers.
I love being a community builder, where I bring moms together to help share our stories, provide support, resources and encouragement to each other. A mom who is walking the same walk. A Mom who can relate to the frustrations, the joy and the motivation to make a CHANGE!