Dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome.

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What do we do at Ruby’s Rainbow? We believe everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their dreams of higher education, and we are busy doin’ something about it.


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

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Just What The Doctor Ordered…

October 21st, 2015|4 Comments

So one never can be sure of what the future holds…with anything.  I think as parents we have this vision of what the future may look like for our child…hangin’ with friends, getting good grades in school, being an athlete, a princess, a world changer. We already have it all mapped out for them and they are still tucked safely in the womb. Even […]

Volunteers make the world go round…

October 11th, 2015|0 Comments

One of the things that I think we all worry about as parents, and it is even more so heightened when you have a child with a disability, is fitting in. I had lunch with a good friend the other day and she was saying that her niece (who happens to have Down syndrome) was invited to her first sleepover a few weeks ago. Her […]

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Ruby and Nella Go To College!!

October 7th, 2015|1 Comment


For the month of October we will be chronicling the journey of two little, very capable girls, Ruby and Nella as they navigate their way through a college campus.  It is our goal to educate people on what higher education may look like for someone with Down syndrome, so we will add “Fun Facts” with each post, along with […]

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Rachel’s Rockin’ it!

September 21st, 2015|1 Comment

Rachel Handlin’s dream of college is coming true!  Rachel is the first Ruby’s Rainbow Rockin’ Recipient to be pursuing her Bachelors Degree. Rachel was accepted into California Institute of the Arts (along with 7 other Bachelor programs across the U.S., Australia and Europe) and upon graduating will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts.  This is a truly amazing accomplishment for someone with Down syndrome, […]

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