Matt McNeil Video

See new Rockin' Recipient Matt McNeil accept his Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship!!

Matt McNeil Video
Published on Jul 10, 2019 – See new Rockin' Recipient Matt McNeil accept his Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship!!

Everyone Knows Zach – Life After College

See what Zach's life looks like after graduating from the Western Carolina University UP Program and how he is changing the community he now lives in.

Everyone Knows Zach – Life After College
Published on Mar 16, 2019 – See what Zach's life looks like after graduating from the Western Carolina University UP Program and how he is changing the community he now lives in.

Life After College for Ali – A Ruby's Rainbow Story

What's life like for an adult with Down syndrome, after finishing college and entering "the real world"?

Life After College for Ali – A Ruby's Rainbow Story
Published on Feb 19, 2019 – What's life like for an adult with Down syndrome, after finishing college and entering "the real world"?

Ruby's Dream BIG Socks from Pride Socks!

Get your pair today at www.pridesocks.com/ruby

Ruby's Dream BIG Socks from Pride Socks!
Published on Feb 5, 2019 – Get your pair of Ruby's Dream BIG Socks from Pride Socks today at www.pridesocks.com/ruby!

Yellow Leggings Dance

What started as a mean, confidence-shaming Instagram comment when my beautiful friend Kelle Hampton stepped out in her bright yellow Girlfriend Collective leggings has turned into something amazing, y'all. After posting about how the fear of other people's perceptions is what keeps so many of us "small", scared to put ourselves out there and go for our dreams, an offer came in for a $100 donation to Ruby's Rainbow to see her dance proudly in her banana suit. This is when the amazing thing happened. So many of you started pledging in support... support of other women, in support of just being proud of who you are, no apologies. Also in support of helping more peeps with Down syndrome go for their college dreams. And you guys....What is happening is so beautiful. So far we have raised almost $12,000 that started because of something negative.
So naturally, Kelle says it best: "three banana suits are better than one" ....and here we are today. Showing the world that we are proud of who we are and all the beautiful mistakes it has taken us to get here. And more importantly showing my girls to be proud of who THEY are, no apologies...yellow leggings and all.
I present to you three proud mamas, dancing their hearts out in yellow leggings to hopefully help others to not stay small but GO BIG. Keep dreamin' and dancin' and shakin' up this beautiful life we were given! We are gonna see just how BIG we can take this, so the link is below if you want to join in on the fun. This was so unexpected, but then again, the best things in life usually are.

Yellow Leggings Dance
Published on Sep 24, 2018 – What started as a mean, confidence-shaming Instagram comment when my beautiful friend Kelle Hampton stepped out in her bright yellow Girlfriend Collective leggings has turned into something amazing, y'all!

Ruby's Rainbow: Supporting Dreams of Higher Education for People with Down Syndrome

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia Elder, featured on We Are Austin!

Ruby's Rainbow: Supporting Dreams of Higher Education for People with Down Syndrome
Published on Aug 16, 2018 – Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia Elder, featured on We Are Austin!

RUBY'S RAINBOW HOPES TO RAISE $150K AS WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY APPROACHES

As World Down Syndrome Day approaches, one nonprofit hopes to raise $150,000 for adults seeking higher education.
Published on Mar 19, 2018

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient & Miss Minnesota Contestant Mikayla Holmgren!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient & Miss Minnesota Contestant Mikayla Holmgren!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient & Miss Minnesota Contestant Mikayla Holmgren!
Published on Mar 7, 2018 – Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient & Miss Minnesota Contestant Mikayla Holmgren!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Abigail!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Abigail!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Abigail!
Published on Mar 7, 2018 – Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Abigail Holmgren!

October Awareness Campaign 2017: Ruby and Nella Rock Inclusion!!

October Awareness Campaign 2017: Ruby and Nella Rock Inclusion!!

October Awareness Campaign 2017: Ruby and Nella Rock Inclusion!!
Published on Jan 31, 2018 – Ruby and Nella are on another adventure for the month of October, and this time we're highlighting INCLUSION. At Ruby's Rainbow, we believe that in order for an inclusive workplace and community to succeed, our education system must support inclusion too.

Ruby's Inclusion Story

One of my biggest fears after we found out Ruby had Down Syndrome was how the world was going to perceive her. Would they accept, love and value her? Would she be included and valued in all aspects of her life? And what did her future have in store for her?

Ruby's Inclusion Story
Published on Oct 24, 2017 – One of my biggest fears after we found out Ruby had Down Syndrome was how the world was going to perceive her. Would they accept, love and value her?

Ruby's Rainbow appearing on 'Harry'

POSTED: OCT 17 2017– The nonprofit started here in Austin dedicated to the higher educational needs of those with Down syndrome is being featured on a nationally syndicated talk show. President and Executive Director of Ruby's Rainbow Liz Plachta and Ruby talk more about the organization and their appearance on "Harry".

Published on Oct 17, 2017

Mark Hublar

Rockin' Recipient Mark Hublar is an amazing public speaker and self advocate, despite growing up in a time when his parents were told to put him in an institution at birth because he has Down syndrome. He is proof that we are all life-long learners and all that Ruby's Rainbow stands for!

Rockin' Recipient and Self-Advocate Mark Hublar
Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Rockin' Recipient Mark Hublar is an amazing public speaker and self-advocate, despite growing up in a time when his parents were told to put him in an institution. He is proof that we are all life-long learners!

Madison Essig at the GMU LIFE Program

Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Madison Essig is loving her college life at GMU! Listen as her mom talks about the huge growth she has seen in her since starting the LIFE Program and the importance of having high expectations.

Madison Essig at the GMU LIFE Program
Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Madison Essig is loving her college life at GMU! Listen as her mom talks about the huge growth she has seen in her since starting the LIFE Program and the importance of having high expectations.

Patty's daughter Meredith, who is attending the George Mason University LIFE Program

Patty and Emily were connected through Ruby's Rainbow when Emily raised a scholarship amount and Patty's daughter Meredith, who is attending the George Mason University LIFE Program, was the recipient. Watch as these two amazing moms connect and Emily listens to advice from Patty about her journey raising a daughter with Down syndrome.

Patty's daughter Meredith, who is attending the George Mason University LIFE Program
Published on Mar 19, 2017 – Two amazing moms, Patty and Emily, were connected through Ruby's Rainbow when Emily raised a scholarship amount and Patty's daughter Meredith, attending the George Mason University LIFE Program, was the recipient.

Caregiver Inspirational Series: Ruby's Rainbow.

Caregiver Inspirational Series: Ruby's Rainbow.

Caregiver Inspirational Series: Ruby's Rainbow.
Published on Feb 26, 2017 – CareStarter partners with Liz and Tim Plachta, co-founders of Ruby's Rainbow, to bring you the first webinar of the Caregiver Inspirational Series! Learn about Liz and Tim's experience of receiving their daughter's Down syndrome diagnosis and…

OSU TOPS Student Interview

OSU TOPS Student Interview

OSU TOPS Student Interview
Published on Feb 2, 2017 – OSU TOPS interview with Meredith Cripe, who is thriving in the GMU LIFE Program! Watch this video as she reads an actual letter she sent in to Ruby's Rainbow.

Kent State Student With Down Syndrome Awarded Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship | Kent State University

Kent State University student and Medina resident Erin Hawley is the 2016 recipient of a $3,000 Ruby's Rainbow scholarship. Ruby's Rainbow grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes.

Published on Nov 23, 2016

Ruby and Nella Rock the Future-You Can Dream

What do you want to be when you grow up? It all starts with a thought, a desire, a will....a DREAM. I hope this video opens your heart to a world of possibilities. KEEP DREAMIN' PEEPS.

Ruby and Nella Rock the Future-You Can Dream.
Published on Nov 2, 2016 – What do you want to be when you grow up? It all starts with a thought, a desire, a will....a DREAM. I hope this video opens your heart to a world of possibilities. KEEP DREAMIN' PEEPS.

Passionate Leader Spotlight: Liz

Today, we share the story of Liz Plachta and her daughter Ruby. Ruby was born with Downs Syndrome and inspired her mother to create Ruby's Rainbow, a charity that provides young adults with Downs Syndrome scholarships to pursue higher education. Ruby's Rainbow is an incredible organization that has raised $290,000 and helped over 100 students....

Published on Oct 3, 2016

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and during the entire month of October Ruby's Rainbow will be following Ruby and Nella's journey exploring and imagining the possibilities. What do we want to accomplish with this? We want the world to imagine the possibilities and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

Follow Ruby and Nella's journey as they explore and imagine the possibilities!
Published on Aug 30, 2016 – From WDIV Detroit Local News: October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and during the entire month of October Ruby’s Rainbow will be following Ruby and Nella’s journey exploring and imagining the possibilities.

Next Steps students celebrate courage and dreams

The students of Next Steps at Vanderbilt are this year's recipient of the Perry Wallace Courage Award. A trophy is presented annually by Vanderbilt Athletics to a group or individual on campus exemplifying the courage and fortitude of Perry Wallace, the first black scholarship athlete in the SEC.

Published on Mar 4, 2016

rubysrainbow

Please take a moment to check out our newest video to see just how Ruby's Rainbow started, why we are so passionate about it...and meet some of our Rockin' Recipients!! This film won the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Austin Film Frenzy!

This film won the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Austin Film Frenzy!
Published on Dec 7, 2015 – Please take a moment to check out our newest video to see just how Ruby's Rainbow started, why we are so passionate about it...and meet some of our Rockin' Recipients!! This film won the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Austin Film Frenzy!

Students enrolled in intellectual disabilities program win Homecoming titles – WCU News

Two first-year students enrolled in a Western Carolina University program for college-age individuals with intellectual disabilities were announced as the university's 2014 Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Oct. 25. Ali Morgan Hale of Hickory and Ronnie Trace Shuler III of Robbinsville were recognized with the honors during halftime of the WCU football team's game against The Citadel.

Published on Oct 25, 2014

Holcombe receives Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship

Rion Holcombe, son of Danny and Susan Holcombe, has been chosen as a recipient for a 2014 Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship.

Published on Sep 2, 2014

Ruby's Rainbow Interview Segment Sunday Morning 7/14/13

Ruby's Rainbow Interview Segment Sunday Morning 7/14/13

Ruby's Rainbow Interview Segment Sunday Morning 7/14/13
Published on Jul 14, 2013 – Ruby's Rainbow interview segment on Sunday Morning, July 14, 2013

Ruby's Rainbow awards scholarship to students with Down syndrome

Ruby's Rainbow awards scholarship to students with Down syndrome

Published on Jul 1, 2013

2019 Recipient Reaction Video

Seeing the reactions of our Rockin' Recipients when they find out they are receiving a Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship is PRICELESS and for sure to leave your heart full and a smile on your face!!

2019 Recipient Reaction Video
Published on Aug 29, 2019 – Seeing the reactions of our Rockin' Recipients when they find out they are receiving a Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship is PRICELESS and sure to leave your heart full and a smile on your face!!

HAPPY 3/21 – World Down Syndrome Day!!!

Ruby wishes you all a happy World Down Syndrome Day!!

HAPPY 3/21 – World Down Syndrome Day!!!
Published on March 21, 2019 – Ruby wishes you all a very happy World Down Syndrome Day!!

Mark Hublar – Life After College

Watch this inspiring video of one of our oldest Rockin' Recpients, Mark Hublar, to see what life is like for hime now that he has graduated college. See how the college experience has helped him become an advocate and public speaker! After his birth his parents were encouraged to put him in an institution, but they brought him home and treated him just like his three brothers. He is the perfect example of what having high expectations and providing opportunity can do for someone!!

Mark Hublar – Life After College
Published on Mar 12, 2019 – Watch this inspiring video of one of our oldest Rockin' Recpients, Mark Hublar, to see what life is like for hime now that he has graduated college. See how the college experience has helped him become an advocate and public speaker!

How to Take the 3/21 Pledge!

Thank you for joining us in our effort to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place for people of all abilities as we help students with Down syndrome achieve their college dreams!! How do I take the 3/21 Pledge? It’s super quick and easy!! There are three simple steps to taking the Pledge: 1. Donate just $21 (or any amount!) to Ruby’s Rainbow at www.321pledge.org 2. Pledge to be kind and compassionate to peeps of all abilities! 3. Spread the word by asking three friends to take the Pledge. That’s it — easy-peasy! Now you’ve helped students with Down syndrome achieve their college dreams!!

How to Take the 3/21 Pledge!
Published on Feb 18, 2019 – Thank you for joining us in our effort to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place for people of all abilities as we help students with Down syndrome achieve their college dreams!! Watch this video to learn how to take the 3/21 Pledge!!

The Austin Chronicle's Weekend Rundown & Cool Socks for a Cause with Ruby's rainbow

The Austin Chronicle's weekend rundown & cool socks for a cause with Ruby's Rainbow

The Austin Chronicle's Weekend Rundown & Cool Socks for a Cause with Ruby's Rainbow
Published on Mar 1, 2019

Ruby's Rainbow 3/21 Pledge Committee

Interested in joining the 3/21 Pledge Committee and making a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome?

Ruby's Rainbow 3/21 Pledge Committee
Published on Jan 19, 2019 – Interested in joining the 3/21 Pledge Committee and making a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome?

Ruby and Nella Go to Work Wrap-up Video!!!

#RubyAndNellaGoToWork is now in session! Presiding over this October Awareness Campaign are two highly qualified and capable (and adorable, I might add) little ladies -Ruby and Nella- who will take us on another adventure as they explore job opportunities and possibilities.
What happens after college? Even though we think it shouldn't, it can look a little different for someone with a disability. We hope to continue to raise the expectation of people with Down syndrome and all abilities while opening the hearts and minds of future employers as well as inspire others to go for their dreams! Along with adorable photos of Ruby and Nella in the workforce, we will be sharing true life recipient stories who are out there killin' it at their jobs!! We hope you follow along and get your heart ready to SMILE BIG!
We all deserve to sit and dream about our future and answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Ruby and Nella Go to Work Wrap-up Video!!!
Published on Nov 12, 2018 – #RubyAndNellaGoToWork is now in session! Presiding over this October Awareness Campaign are two qualified and capable little ladies, Ruby and Nella, who are exploring job opportunities and possibilities.

2018 Rockin' Recipient Reactions!!

Check out these amazing reactions of our newest Rockin' Recipients as they find out they are being awarded a Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship!!! And a HUGE THANK YOU to all the love and support for helping make their college dreams a reality!!!

2018 Rockin' Recipient Reactions!!
Published on Aug 23, 2018 – Check out these amazing reactions of our newest Rockin' Recipients as they find out they are being awarded a Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship!!!

SVSU student overcomes obstacles, becomes recipient of $5,000 scholarship

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia!

Published on Aug 3, 2018 – SVSU student Jessica Day overcomes obstacles, becomes recipient of $5,000 scholarship

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia!

Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia!
Published on Mar 7, 2018 – Meet Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient Olivia Elder!

Kirsta Graf at Bethel

Kirsta Graf at Bethel

Kirsta Graf at Bethel
Published on Mar 6, 2018 – Ruby's Rainbow follows Kirsta, one of their Rockin' Recipients, to an emotional drop-off for her first year at Bethel University.

HarryTV Back it up

Watch Ruby bust a move with Harry Connick Jr on the Harry Show!!

HarryTV Back it up
Published on Nov 6, 2017 – Watch Ruby bust a move with Harry Connick Jr. on the Harry Show!!

Find out how Ruby's Rainbow is helping adults with Down syndrome reach their full potential.

Find out how Ruby's Rainbow is helping adults with Down syndrome reach their full potential.

Leading Lady: Ruby's Rainbow's Liz Plachta
Published on Oct 17, 2017 – Find out how Ruby's Rainbow is helping adults with Down syndrome reach their full potential.

Kelle Hampton Story

Kelle Hampton talks about her birth story with her daughter Nella, who was born unexpectedly with Down syndrome, and just how Ruby's Rainbow is helping the world see a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.

Kelle Hampton Story
Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Kelle Hampton talks about her birth story with her daughter Nella, who was born unexpectedly with Down syndrome, and just how Ruby's Rainbow is helping the world see a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.

George Mason University LIFE Program

Watch what an impact the GMU LIFE Program is having on not only the students in the program, but the entire campus.

George Mason University LIFE Program
Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Watch what an impact the GMU LIFE Program is having on not only the students in the program, but the entire campus.

Meredith Cripe at GMU LIFE

Meredith Cripe is thriving in the GMU LIFE Program! Watch this video as she reads an actual letter she sent in to Ruby's Rainbow.

Meredith Cripe at GMU LIFE
Published on Mar 28, 2017 – Meredith Cripe is thriving in the GMU LIFE Program! Watch this video as she reads an actual letter she sent in to Ruby's Rainbow.

Daughter with Down syndrome inspires family to create non-profit

Published on Mar 19, 2017 – AUSTIN – This Tuesday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day. This date (3/21) stands for and celebrates the third copy of the 21st chromosome that people with Down Syndrome have. One Austin family is hoping to make a difference on this unique day.

Rachel and Hudson

This touching video of a mom (Rachel) talking about the importance of acceptance and inclusion with her son Hudson and just what Ruby's Rainbow has meant to her and her family.

Rachel and Hudson
Published on Feb 16, 2017 – This touching video of a mom talking about the importance of acceptance and inclusion with her son Hudson and just what Ruby's Rainbow has meant to her and her family.

Liz Plachta Recieving Leadership Award

Ruby's Rainbow Co-Founder, President and most important mom to Ruby receiving " The George Jesien National Leadership Award".

Liz Plachta Recieving Leadership Award.
Published on Dec 9, 2016 – Ruby's Rainbow Co-Founder, President and – most importantly – mom to Ruby, receiving "The George Jesien National Leadership Award".

2016 Best Of 2

Ruby's Rainbow Best Of 2!

2016 Best Of 2!
Published on Nov 16, 2016

Midland teen with Down syndrome achieves dream of going to college

At Saginaw Valley State University, he takes three classes, plays cymbals in the marching band and participates in several clubs. Despite the uncertainties, Susan and her husband, Ray, have always been advocates for their son and chose to include him…

Published on Oct 24, 2016

Ruby's Rainbow October Awareness Campaign! Follow us on Facebook!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and during the entire month of October Ruby's Rainbow will be following Ruby and Nella's journey exploring and imagining the possibilities. What do we want to accomplish with this? We want the world to imagine the possibilities and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

Ruby's Rainbow October Awareness Campaign!
Published on Sep 1, 2016 – October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and during the entire month of October, Ruby's Rainbow will be following Ruby and Nella's journey as they explore and imagine the possibilities.

Ruby's Rainbow's Visit to Vandy

Uploaded by Rubys Rainbow on 2016-03-08.

Ruby's Rainbow's Visit to Vanderbilt!
Published on Mar 7, 2016 – Ruby's Rainbow visits Vanderbilt student and 2015 Rockin' Recipient Matthew Moore!

"Faith In Me" Music Video by Karen Waldrup STARRING: All those rockin' that extra chromosome!

Go HERE to donate by 12/31/15 and get the download to this song for FREE!! : https://rubysrainbow.org/donate/ Once you have made a donation of any amount an email with the link to song "Faith In Me" with be sent to the email address provided! Thank you and enjoy!

Faith In Me"
Published on Dec 9, 2015 – Music Video by Karen Waldrup STARRING: All those rockin' that extra chromosome! Go HERE to donate by 12/31/15 and get the download to this song for FREE!!

Ruby's Rainbow: What We Do

Our 2015 scholarship recipients and past Ruby's Rainbow graduates show what Ruby's Rainbow is all about.

Ruby's Rainbow: What We Do.
Published on Aug 20, 2015 – Our 2015 scholarship recipients and past Ruby's Rainbow graduates show what Ruby's Rainbow is all about.

Ruby's Rainbow Is Changing Lives and Perceptions with Educational Funding for Adult Students with Down Syndrome - Carestarter

Fortunately, individuals with Down syndrome are now leading more meaningful and fulfilling lives than ever, and they are shattering the stigma and low expectations that, not so long ago, limited them so unfairly. Public perception of these inspiring individuals is also changing and improving, thanks in part to the efforts of organizations like Ruby's Rainbow.

Published on Sep 9, 2014

Ruby's Rainbow 2013 video

Ruby's Rainbow is a non-profit organization dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome. We grant scholarships to adults rockin' that extra chromosome for post secondary education, vocational or enrichment classes. Our hope is to raise the expectations of the individuals and show the world just how cool and capable they are!

Ruby's Rainbow 2013 video.
Published on Jul 25, 2013 – Ruby's Rainbow is a non-profit organization dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome. We grant scholarships to adults rockin' that extra chromosome for postsecondary education, vocational or enrichment classes…

Ruby's Rainbow offers hope, help and money for school - Apostrophe Magazine

Three-year-old Ruby Plachta of Ruby's Rainbow might be the world's youngest philanthropist. Born in Austin, Texas, in December 2010, Ruby brought her parents a surprise: Upon her birth, they discovered she had Down syndrome.

Published on Jul 1, 2013