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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!!


Take the 3/21 Pledge!

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!

Check out our 2015 Rockin’ Recipients!

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

Paige Soderman Update

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

We started our Ambassador Program this year and we are honored to have Paige Soderman join us as a Ruby’s Rainbow Ambassador! One of the things I have been wanting to do for a while now is give our recipients a platform for their voices to be heard, so I have asked them to each do a blog post for us. I love more […]

Rion Holcomb- Clemson LIFE Program

March 18th, 2016|3 Comments

I hear it from families constantly that these experiences are life-changing for their loved one who is going for their dreams of higher education and independence, and it is often harder for the parents to let go then it is for the individual.  How can you learn independence if never given the chance?  Dramatic is a word that is used a lot when talking […]

Nick and Conner: My Trip to Lipscomb University and Why it Matters.

March 14th, 2016|2 Comments

Here I sit, dreaming a dream for my own daughter. A dream that, even 20 short years ago, looked much different for someone with Down syndrome.  You see, I want all the things any parent wants for their child. I want her to have a life bursting at the seams with love, self-worth and independence, to have life-long friendships, find her soul-mate and fall […]

Alec Shafer- Bethesda College program at Concordia University

February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

 This is Alec…isn’t he handsome?! Alec is completing his last semester of the Bethesda College program at Concordia University – Wisconsin. He has been enjoying the college life and looking forward to what life has in store for him next. He has been very busy!!! Alec is the Buddy Director of Best Buddies at Concordia University, where last semester he took Drawing Fundamentals […]

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