Abeo’s Horse Riding Adventure

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Abeo is a self-advocate who works at the DSAGSL offices and has a great story to share about her love for horses. Here is her story:

Hi my name is Abeo, I am 27 years old,    

I like horses. Because they are fun to ride. My father took me to ride on the horse. Every year he took me to ride on the horse on my birthday. It was fun. The horse’s name is Jerry the horse. Jerry became one of my best friends, we had connections from the start to be together. I like to ride with Jerry he is the best horse in the world. When I walk up toward the horse. I was not scared, he is the most beautiful horse I ever seen. Someday I’d like to have a horse of my own, because of the activities that horses can do. Horses are good animals because they are compassionate with people.

Horses like to graze in the grass. They like to have fun. Horses communicate with other horses. That’s the way I like them. They make me happy inside. I’d like to find a place to go horse riding.

Thanks for the great story Abeo!

Robert Berger and His Cousin Kyle

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Rob Berger has been a DSA board member since 2017 and today he shares the story of how he became involved with the DSAGSL. It all started with his cousin Kyle, Rob tells his story here:

My 34 year old cousin, Kyle, was born with Down syndrome as well as a variety of other ailments. Kyle lives in Southern California and I don’t get to see him often. Over the years I’ve heard a lot about the struggles my aunt and uncle have encountered raising a child with Down syndrome. I’ve also been incredibly inspired to hear about all of the programs available to Kyle and his friends. When Kyle was born, his doctors didn’t paint a rosy picture for his future, but as a result of organizations like the Down Syndrome Association, Kyle is living a happy and productive life. He is a joy to be around and the life of every family get together. I jumped at the chance to join DSA with the hope that I can be a small part of a similar success story for another family.

Thanks for sharing your story Rob!

Allie Andrews and Her Involvement with Down Syndrome from Kansas City to St. Louis

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Allie Andrews’ job took her from college, to Kansas City, and all the way to St. Louis, but all that traveling never stopped Allie from remaining an active member in the Down syndrome community. Here is the story of Allie’s involvement with the Down syndrome community and how she became a member of the Young Friends Board for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis:

Hello! My name is Allie Andrews and I am the current Vice President of the Young Friends Board for the DSAGSL. I was first introduced to the Down syndrome community at an early age, as my cousin, Emily, has Down syndrome. Growing up, I learned how to be an advocate for people of all different abilities and I knew that was something that would remain important to me throughout my life. After attending college and getting settled in my job in Kansas City, MO, I decided to volunteer at a few events hosted by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSGKC). It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to become more active in the organization and I started volunteering during their monthly children’s learning program. During these sessions, young kids with Down syndrome were able to participate in stations to learn different sensory, motor, reading, and math skills while their parents learned how to reinforce those skills and behaviors at home. I loved getting to know the families and watching the kids grow and learn from year to year.

When my career brought me home to St. Louis in late 2015, I knew I wanted to be a part of the local Down syndrome community. However, my job involved substantial travel at the time. Fast forward a year and a half later, I moved into a different role that was based solely in St. Louis. Soon after this transition, I noticed that the Young Friends Board for the DSAGSL was hosting an informational meeting and I decided to attend. A few days after the recruiting event, I submitted my application to join the group and am so glad that I did! Being a Young Friends Board member and a member of the DSAGSL community is incredibly rewarding and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year!

Incredible story Allie, thanks for sharing!