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.

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…]…

People With Down Syndrome Don’t Have “Special Needs”

Lauren Potter (who played Becky on the TV show “Glee”) recently appeared in a short video for World Down Syndrome day called, “#NotSpecialNeeds.” The video explains (in a VERY funny way) why people with Down syndrome do not have “special needs.” I seriously encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video below. It [Read More…]…

A Few Thoughts To My Son On World Down Syndrome Day, 2017.

Noah, Today lots people shared lots of photos of people who they love who were born with Down syndrome, and lots of people saw those lots of photos on their Instagram and Facebook feeds! (Wow, that’s a lot of lots!) They did this because today is 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day. The reason this date is significant [Read More…]…