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Accompsett Middle School Helps Brittany’s Baskets of Hope

published in The Smithtown Messenger Brittany Schiavone, who runs the local nonprofit Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, visited with National Junior Honor Society students at Accompsett Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District on March 14. The organization assembles and

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Brittany’s in a book!

We’re excited to announce . . . Brittany’s going to be featured in the forthcoming book The Moon and Her Sisters by Ashley Asti. Listen to the clip below (it’s under 8 minutes!) to hear an excerpt from the book and

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Dear Parents of a New Baby with Down Syndrome

*This letter was written by Jennifer, mom of Evan, who was one of our earliest basket of hope recipients. She sent this to us on November 28th—Giving Day—to show her support and love, and to give back in her own

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Iceland is “Eradicating” Down Syndrome. We’re speaking out.

On August 14th, CBS reported that Iceland is pushing to “eradicate” Down syndrome—essentially to “disappear” individuals with DS through “heavy-handed genetic counseling” which pushes for expectant parents of babies with Down syndrome to terminate the pregnancy. The result is what

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“He’s on his own timeline.”

Michelle, who is an entrepreneur and mom to four, including the adorably blond son above, wrote, “Littlest Warrior Apparel was inspired by my son Eli who is my biggest hero.” Littlest Warrior Apparel is a clothing line on a mission

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23 Quotes for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome

BY BRITTANY’S BASKETS OF HOPE We believe we do not travel through these lives of ours alone. We believe that community is an essential part of our journey and that, as parents, friends, and supporters of individuals with Down syndrome,

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Baskets of Hope Give Parents a Leg Up | The Long Islander

By Jano Tantongco *originally published in the Long Islander News – Huntington Weekly Brittany Schiavone was diagnosed with Down syndrome just minutes after she was born on March 19, 1989. Her parents, Sue and Rocky, were hopeful for their new

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Derek Hough’s Personal Message to Brittany

On World Down Syndrome Day, Derek Hough, Brittany’s main celebrity crush from Dancing with the Stars, dropped by to send Brittany a personal message of support and encouragement. Watch it here!  

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Celebrating “Our Babies” on World Down Syndrome Day

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, we want to celebrate individuals across the globe who are living with purpose and passion and love—and who happen to have Down syndrome! This is for everyone who has been fearless in pursuit

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Celebrate Differently-Abled Artists at the DOWNrightART Exhibit

We’re thrilled to announce that Brittany’s photograph, The Dance Studio at Walt Whitman: High School, 2007, will be among the artwork exhibited at Alexander’s Angels DOWNrightART Exhibit, beginning on Saturday, March 18 at the Castello De Borghese Winery. The art exhibit

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