Welcome to WONDERLAND

 
  Dear All

I assume that you are here because you have a sibling or relative, or your relative has a relative that has an extra chromosome. 
Maybe you are here because you just found out you are carrying a baby with 47 chromosomes.
 Maybe you have just delivered and find out about Down Syndrome.
 Maybe you are just one of my friends, or Leyla's friends.  
Maybe you are just curious. 
In any case let me introduce you, by means of little windows, into a not so well known world of DS. 
I hope you find what you are looking for here and may it help you to keep the dreams you have for your children alive.
In Love.
Rosa Davila

About Me

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I am a Therapeutic Massage Practitioner, highly trained in Aromatherapy. I have studied Natural Nutrition and Iridiology. I threw my Naturopathic studies to the side in order to follow my other half to the USA. I gave birth to my beautiful girl In April 2009. She was born with Down Syndrome. I am know aplying all my knowledge to researching T21 and how to best help her naturally and holistically. What a journey! During the first weeks after learning of my daughters diagnosis I spent hours on the internet searching for a modern image of Down Syndrome. I found it, and with it the hope, courage and calm that allowed me to keep dreaming for my baby. With this blog I hope to gather information about people with DS, their lives, epics and struggles. I hope to bring people closer to their hearts, warm them up about DS. There is so much misinformation, outdated research and prejudice. If you have something you think is worth for me to post here, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks. Have a great journey into Wonderland.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Specials

Dear all
I have just found this British reality show. It is on the net and they encourage people to spread the word through their own blogs. It is hilarious. Four roommates, four of which have DS and one with Williams Syndrome. Here it is their first episode. Check it up!
Also clicking on the circle should, if it works, take you to their page...









The Specials

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Family Hope Centre

For those looking for extra help.

Dreams come true

One for the basketball fans. This one really illustrates what the great spirit of sports is all about.

Gesture of Love

I am not sure I'll be able to make up for all the lost posts during my flu weeks. I'll try.
And tonight I'll post something sweet, rather bitter-sweet. This ad has won some kind of price at Cannes Film Festival. My friend Sonia has sent it to me. I am afraid I do not know anything else about it. Well except that I, once again wrenched my heart out.

Enjoy!

video

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gymnastics

Tonight I find myself looking at this girl thinking how daring she is. I wish I had the same power as she has on those arms and legs.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Madonna & R

Dear Ones

I, like most of us, have a bit of a complex relationship with, or rather towards Madonna. For me her posing for GAP kind of clarified things but this is way too much. Touches home too close I suppose. See what you think.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/10/hey_madonna_its_time_for_you_t.html#comments

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Achievements

This is another encouraging story for us parents of children with DS, and anyone else indeed.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Courage

It takes a lot of courage to do what this woman has done.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Becci's Poem

I don't know if you have ever heard that "Friends don't count chromosomes"
This poem is just about that.
You may need to hear it twice!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Self advocacy

Hi there!
I hope you are all enjoying these little videos. The one for today is, in my humble opinion a must see.
Hope you agree.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

And finally... DANCE

Dear all

I am proud to present this dance school from Madrid, Spain.
I have also found that the Boston Ballet has a program in collaboration with the Boston Children's Hospital but unfortunately their video can not be embedded.
Have fun!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The power of simplicity

Dear Friends
I am normally against the stereotyping of people with Down Syndrome, specially the angel kind. I believe it robs them of their most innate nature: human. I was however captivated by the power of this little piece.
It was presented ;
"This unforgettable and award-winning video from Iceland, conceived by and supervised by the musical group, Sigur Ros and the filmmaker, Agust Jacobsson, features the Perlan special-needs theatre group acting out a simple but beautiful play about the elements"
Slow down, relax and enjoy


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rapper power

I first came across Lazy-D a couple of months ago. I thought he was great. Unfortunately his videos cannot be embedded, but I seriously recommend checking him out.
For those of you new to Down Syndrome let me just say that the BUDDY WALK is an awareness and fund raising event that takes place around the end of September and all through October to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This event goes on not just in USA but I have heard of it taking place in Afganistan!
Anyway this young man was performing at the BUDDY WALK NY.
Enjoy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weddings!

Dear friends
please, please, please take your time with this beautiful videos. Yes, do have your hankies close by.
Love
Rosa


Josh & Bernadette's Ceremony Highlight from AndyCam Productions on Vimeo.




Josh & Bernadette's Reception Highlight from AndyCam Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

3 for 21

Dear Friends

I doubt that many of you would know that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Well, now you know!
I have decided to participate in something called "3 for 21", as in 3 chromosomes in pair 21.
The intention is to post something everyday during this month. See if I can keep it up.
Hope you like it.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

The only way is UP!

Dear friends

I hunted this one a minute ago. I find it so encouraging, not only for people with DS but for anyone. How can you just not feel your heart opening and your spirit soar.
I hope you feel the same way.
Love
Rosa