Down syndrome can often be interpreted as a cue to treat a person with kid gloves, like in the recent case of Jenny Hatch, a 29-year-old woman who won a custody battle to have a say in where she lives.
Jenny is not the only person with Down syndrome to triumph over her disability, though. At this Michigan middle school, eighth-grader Owen Groesser knew just what to do when it came time to sink a three-point shot ... and earned the screams of joy he always dreamed of hearing.
23-year-old Garrett is not only a mixed martial arts practitioner, he's also an MMA instructor that teaches kids how to fight. He worked with another child with Down syndrome in early 2013.
Max Jackowski got to live every teenager's dream when he was crowned prom king at his Lake George, New York, high school, winning 80 percent of the votes from his peers. Guess being a jock doesn't always ensure you a win!
Blogger Rick Smith, who has a son with Down syndrome, is dedicated to telling his son's story, as well as fighting for the rights of other disabled children and adults. His blog, Noah's Dad, not only records many of Noah's daily victories, but also shares stories of other successes.
Connie Feda realized that her daughter Hannah was missing out on an essential experience when she told her mother that there were no dolls out there that looked like her. Connie's response? She created a line of toys called Dolls For Downs that made sure that no child would ever have that problem again. Way to go, Connie!
For every person you see here, there are surely dozens more that we don't know about yet. It's their courage and determination that will help to redefine what the world sees when they look into the face of a person with Down syndrome.