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Thanks to the amazing Karen Waldrup for sharing her inspiring song “Faith In Me” with Ruby’s Rainbow  and for believing and “Having Faith” in people with Down syndrome! Please take moment to watch this touching video and see just how wonderful and capable they are!!  To hear more from Karen you can go HERE!!

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March 21 (or 3/21, which stands for three copies of the 21st chromosome) is World Down Syndrome Day! Each year on this day, we celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and the wonderful joy, insight and inspiration they bring into our lives and to this world. Help us celebrate by taking the 3/21 Pledge!

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About Ruby’s Rainbow

Ruby’s Rainbow was inspired by our own lil’ lady, Ruby. At her birth, we discovered she had an extra special chromosome. Our expectations for her did not change, and we vowed as a family to give her every opportunity we could to learn, grow, flourish and become an important contributor to society and the community.

Our goal and mission at Ruby’s Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes, and help them achieve their dreams of higher education, while spreading awareness of their capabilities and general awesomeness.

Life and learning don’t stop after high school, after all — and we want to help these amazing individuals reach their highest potential.

We love keeping track of our Rockin’ Recipients. We hope their accomplishments will inspire others to go for their dreams!


Preparing Your Son Or Daughter for College: Suggestions for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability

Our Visit to Western Carolina University

Recently, Liz (of Ruby’s Rainbow) and Kelle Hampton (of Ruby’s Rainbow and Enjoying the Small Things) visited Western Carolina University to meet Rockin’ Recipients Ali Hale and Zach Benton, who are attending the university’s UP Program.

It was amazing to see firsthand what our efforts at Ruby’s Rainbow are helping individuals like Ali and Zach accomplish. Kelle chronicled the experience beautifully on her blog — please check it out here!!


Recent Updates

Talking to Kindergarteners about differences and Down syndrome

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments


I always knew I wanted to go into Ruby’s classroom once she started Kindergarten and talk about differences, and what makes each of us awesome and unique. I actually tried to go into her Montessori class when she was a wee one all “gung ho!” with my mama pride flag waving, ready to teach a […]

Luke Drumright- Update from Saginaw Valley State University

September 13th, 2016|0 Comments


To say that Luke Drumright is loving the college life would be an understatement!!  He just had his first game playing with the SVSU Marching Band and had so much fun and did awesome!!!  You can certainly tell by the look on his face that he is quite happy there.


Ryan Partridge- College Life

September 13th, 2016|5 Comments

My name is Ryan Partridge and I am 20 years old.  I go to school at Barnabas Prep in Branson, MO.  I love my college.  I loaded up my parents car and moved in to my dorm room.





We take classes in life skills, religion and fun stuff like art and PE.  Our classroom is in many […]

Ronald Nagel-ESU and Beyond

August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

I thought I would get your day st arted with a little burst of inspiration because that’s how we roll over here at RR 🙂 Ronald is one of our newest Rockin’ Recipients and his mom sent me this quick email over the weekend:

“Ronald is excited to be starting his 3rd year in the CILLS program at […]

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