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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!


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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

Emmanuel Bishop

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

“I am valuable because I exist. Not because of what I do or what I have done.
I am not a burden to society — My life is worth living with respect and dignity.
I am a self-advocate speaker so that others may understand.
I am a person.
I am Emmanuel Joseph Bishop.”

Oh my heart, you guys. Emmanuel has done some pretty amazing things in his lifetime, and […]

Michael Kozicki

October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Michael Kozicki is a 2014 Western Carolina University graduate, where he received a certificate from the University Participant (UP) Program. While concentrating his studies in Early Childhood Education, Michael attended classes through the College of Education and Allied Professions and interned at two Cullowhee-based child care facilities.

Currently, Michael is employed, forty hours per week, as a Teacher’s Assistant, at an Atlanta-area day care center. […]

Lindsey Allen

October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Since Lindsey Allen graduated from the Northern Kentucky University this spring, she has been one busy lady!! Her dream was always to work with children as a teacher’s assistant, and I am happy to report that her dream is now a reality!! She is now working in a local preschool in her area. One of her favorite things about her job?

“”The students always give […]


October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

“How can the sky be the limit when there’s footprints on the moon?”

I always say the “sky is the limit”…but there I go putting a cap on the possibilities. The truth is, we are ALL capable of more then we give ourselves credit for. Did you know that a lot of people with Down syndrome have dreams of becoming teachers and working with kids? […]

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