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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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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!

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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

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 […]

Emma Bennett- University of Tennessee FUTURE Program

August 19th, 2016|7 Comments

Hi, my name is Emma. I am in my second year in the FUTURE Program at the University of Tennessee. I am studying Child Development so I can work with kids as a Teacher’s Aide. I am doing an internship at West Hills Primary in kindergarten.This is a picture of me getting ready to meet the parents of all my kids. I have already done […]

Megan Ryan-Ohio State University TOPS Program

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Hi,  I am Megan Ryan!

I am 22 years old. I live in Columbus, Ohio. I have one big happy family – I have 8 brothers and two sisters and 13 nieces and nephews. People say I am special because I am the youngest in a big family. I am also special because I have Down Syndrome. Life is great. I graduated from St. Catherine […]

First Responders

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

We welcomed John Collins to the Board of Directors this fall for many reasons, but one of them was his overall passion and dedication to everything he does.  He puts his whole heart into it which is a requirement around here at Ruby’s Rainbow and we love him so!  I asked John to do a guest blog  post on something he is passionate about: […]

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