Category Archives: Down Syndrome

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Need A Favor! Can you Help?

I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for three, yes three awards: the WEGO Health “Advocating for Another” (which I won last year and am honored to be nominated again this year” Award, Best in Show Instagram, and Best in Show Blog in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards. WEGO Health is a […]

Marla’s Mentions: The Garden Foundation

    The Garden Foundation was founded by Taylor Gardner out of the love for her sister Lindsey. After seeing a program who failed her sister, she created a place that individuals with disabilities can come and “bloom where they are planted”. Their vision is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing […]

Patient Leaders and Advocates are taking Instagram by Storm

wego health instagram webinar

More than ever, Patient Leaders and Advocates are taking Instagram by storm and amplifying their voices through InstaStories, Hashtags and compelling photos to tell their stories and share their cause. I was proud to be a part of this panel of amazing advocates, to share how I use the platform to share how I use […]

Marla’s Mentions: Hallie Shermen, Speech Time Fun

So you know you have a great therapist when you watch her sharing all her tips and tricks with other therapists, so they can get the best from their students. Even as a parent I love watching Hallie Sherman from Speech Time Fun (@speechtimefun) whose energy and smile are so contagious. I would personally love […]

True Happiness

Congratulations welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood!   Whether you are a first time Mom or an old pro, a new adventure has begun.   As a first-time Mom, I was all consumed with what I wanted my idea of motherhood to look like. I envisioned my “happy, healthy” family on vacation, playing in […]

Let's Get Reacquainted

Hi, I’m Marla! Remember me? LOL! I know it has been a while…I have been busy, let’s just start there! 2017 was a whirlwind year of accomplishing great things, meeting amazing people and doing what I love – advocacy and inspiring others. 2017 in a quick minute: March 2017 – I was accepted to be […]

Invited to Attend the National Down Syndrome Leadership Summit in DC

As you all know October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and what a month it was.  From celebrating amazing individuals like my son who are rocking an extra 21st chromosome to advocating for their rights with the National Down Syndrome Society at the first Leadership Summit with over 150 self-advocates like David DeSanctis, actor from […]

#WDSD17 – Recap of An Amazing Day of Advocacy

March 21, 2017, was an amazing day of advocacy! Why? Because it was World Down Syndrome Day, and I was ACCEPTED to be a panel speaker. Can you imagine my excitement when I received the email from Andrew Boys from DSI (Down Syndrome International)? Never in a million years did I ever imagine that I would […]

Speaking at United Nations for World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD17

As I arrived into NYC, the excitement for tomorrow was building inside me. I was ACCEPTED to speak at the United Nations for the World Down Syndrome Day Conference. I am so honored to be sharing about “Why Your Voice Matters”. Which is the theme of the conference: Theme: #MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to […]