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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 2016 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

That’s A Wrap!

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Well folks, that’s a wrap! Kelle Hampton and I had SO much fun sharing the adventures of two little girls who are excited for their future and dreaming BIG dreams. Who knows what they will want to be when they grow up, but one thing is for sure…the possibilities are endless!!

Let the adventuring continue!!

You Can Dream Video…

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It all starts with a thought, a desire, a will….a DREAM. I hope we have opened your hearts to a world of possibilities this month.



Kayla McAuliffe

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Kayla McAuliffe. Kayla says, “I have Down syndrome and it’s a part of me and I would never want to change that.”
Since graduating high school in May, she just started the Riverview School GOAL Program in Connecticut and just moved into her dorm last month. She is excited to become more independent and follow her dreams […]

The World is Your Oyster…

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

“They are still here Nella. And now they are in camo, ducking in the bushes following us again. Haven’t they heard the saying, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone?” I think it’s time we pushed them over the edge of theirs.”

Letting go is one of the hardest things any parent has to do, whether your child has special needs or not. […]

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