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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

Sam Hazeltine

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments


Since graduating from the College of Charleston, Sam Hazeltine has been a busy guy.  Not only has he has an official day named after him, he is working and just recently moved out into an apartment with a roommate.  His mom, Cate, had this to say:

Dear Liz,

Thank you for your continued interest in […]

Elli Walker- University of Central Missouri

February 5th, 2016|0 Comments



Here are a few pictures of Elli at the University of Central Missouri.  She is thriving there!  Elli got an outstanding review from her first semester internship at the child care center, in addition to doing well in all of her classes.   She has finished 2 weeks of classes her final semester and […]

Taryn Stinson

January 27th, 2016|0 Comments

I got a really long email from Taryn who is back at UNCG after she “went home on Christmas break to see family and friends.” She talked about visiting with her friend Ali Hale who is another Rockin’ Recipient we have at WCU. They have been friends for a really long time and it touched my heart to hear her talk about how proud […]

Tiffany Gotlieb- Highline Community College ACHIEVE Program

January 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Tiffany Gottlieb is an accomplished pianist (see her video below!) who is passionate about working with children and horses. She studied American Sign Language in high school and really enjoys communicating in sign language with people in the Deaf community. She volunteers her time at Seattle Children’s Hospital and also helps out with caring for the goats, chickens and dogs at a local farm […]

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