About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.

A Letter to Noah’s First Grade Teacher On His First Day of School

The following is a letter my wife wrote Noah’s first-grade teacher on his first day of school. She also wrote one for his first day of Kindergarten as well if you’d like to check it out. Dear Ms. [XXX,] We are very excited to be a part of your class this year, especially with your [Read More…]…

Ice, Ice, (We’re Having a) Baby!

It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since we announced that Noah was a big brother…the first time. Boy, does time fly! We are excited to announce that we will get to meet child number three this October! (October 25th if all goes as planned.) A few weeks ago we had the chance to surprise [Read More…]…

How a Chick-Fil-A Employee Changed My Idea of “Meaningful” Work

Last week I was eating lunch at a local Chick-Fil-A when I noticed a young women with Down syndrome working at this particular location. (As a parent of a child with Down syndrome I’m hyper aware anytime a see someone with Down syndrome, especially when they are working. It encourages me!) As I was getting my [Read More…]…

The Supreme Court Helps Children with Disabilities Receive A Proper Eduction

On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States of America made an unanimous ruling that will (hopefully) allows children that require special education to receive a proper education. The 8-0 ruling in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case states that schools must do more than provide a “merely more than de [Read More…]…