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 My Son With Down Syndrome The Night Before His First Day Of Kindergarten

Noah, wow! I can’t believe you start your first day of elementary school tomorrow. I just finished putting you to bed and wanted to share a few things with you before your big day. First, you need to know I’m a little scared. It takes a lot of trust in other people (and God) to [Read More…]…

Could Green Tea Improve Memory And Speech For People With Down Syndrome?

A friend of mine sent me an article today about a year long clinical study that “showed a chemical in green tea seems to improve memory, speaking and behavior in people with Down syndrome.” The article goes on to say that “brain scans revealed that the compound, called epigallocatechin gallate, altered the way brain cells connect with [Read More…]…

3 Ways Technology Helps Us To Tell Our Story And Change The World

I was recently contacted to share our story about how we are using technology to make an impact in the world as part of AT&T’s “Beyond Limits” campaign. The Beyond Limits campaign “celebrates the victories of some incredible individuals with disabilities who are pushing the limits of what they “should” be able to do, and [Read More…]…

2016 NYC Marathon (Pre-Training) – Week 2

 I’m going to be running the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon (Sunday November 6th) to help raise awareness, and funds, for some great Down syndrome research (if you’d like to donate, I’d really appreciate it. You can do so by clicking here.) I thought it would be fun to document my training, so I hope you [Read More…]…