Life can be a road full of adversity, but it can also be an opportunity to find purpose. Such is the case of a courageous woman whose childhood was marked by suffering but who has become a symbol of love and hope. Against all odds, this woman has transformed her pain into a powerful force to change the lives of others. Today, with more than 30 children, she provides them with a loving home and a future full of possibilities.
Sofia Sanchez is a powerful advocate for those with Down syndrome, and her story is an inspiration to many. Sofia’s parents abandoned her at birth due to her condition, but fate brought her to the attention of a loving couple in the United States who adopted her. Sofia’s experience growing up with Down syndrome has given her a unique perspective and the ability to speak up for herself and others like her.
João, Audrie Spake’s father, has been facing various health challenges after an accident that has rendered him bedridden. While his doctors have been tirelessly working to aid his physical healing, João recently received a visitor who also aimed to mend his heart.
Mia, who recently turned 78, has experienced both tragedy and joy in her life. Despite losing her children Tam, Lark, and Thaddeus, she now enjoys a loving relationship with her remaining family. Today, we want to share with our beloved readers more about her relationship with Woody Allen, her struggles with scandal, and her incredible resilience in the face of heartbreaking loss.
The unpredictability of life can bring both joy and sadness in an instant. Our ability to stay balanced and not let hardships hinder our path is crucial. Rory Feek’s story is a poignant example of how love and faith can guide us through even the toughest of times. As an affectionate father to his daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome, Rory’s steadfast love has surpassed all limits.
Donnie Wahlberg, best known as a member of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, is a man of many talents. Outside of music, he regularly appears in movies and TV shows and produces records and films. Wahlberg, a man with a big heart famous for his charity work, found happiness in his personal life in his forties. He is happily married to Jenny McCarthy, and his special bond with her son, Evan, touches us to the core.
Christmas wonders can be so different: some people need just a lot of presents to feel totally happy, while others suffice with the smile of their little daughter or an old Christmas tree from a neighbor. So, Christmas wonders are not always about tangible things but about something that touches our soul. Internet users decided to share the wonderful stories that happened to them on Christmas with the entire world.
The life of Gracie, the puppy who faced rejection until she finally found a loving family, is worth learning about. Going through hardships in the hope of finding someone who will fiercely love and accept you the way you are is not only pup-related. Let’s take a look at this dog’s story.
“Only a woman could take care of a child” were the words often uttered to Aditya Tiwari when he decided to adopt a boy with special needs. This man is the youngest single adoptive parent in India, and with his story, he managed to break some parenting stereotypes. We’d love for you to find out how a loving dad eventually proved he was no less than any mother for his adoptive son, Avnish.
Life can be very unpredictable, and just one unexpected situation is sometimes enough to completely transform us. This is especially true for Irish actor Colin Farrell, age 46, who became a completely new person after his oldest son was born with special needs. After years of posing as a Hollywood bad boy who didn’t really care much about anything, Farrell’s firstborn taught him what unconditional love means, and that parenthood is about caring for someone more than you care for yourself.
There are 1.2 billion people with disabilities around the world. And it’s a good time for brands and fashion to become aware and be even more inclusive. Recently, this gap has started to be filled, and some positive changes are now happening in the world of fashion and beauty. Supermodel Madeline Stuart is a vivid example of the enlightenment that has been happening to the minds of trendsetters and beauty industry giants. Having Down syndrome and autism, this girl is climbing the Everest of the modeling world like a pro and proving that beauty will conquer the world.
Just as she was about to meet her son for the first time in the delivery room, Jennisan was told that he was born different. And at that moment she realized that the universe was testing her. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or broken by this new reality, the devoted mom and dad chose a different inspiring path.
At times, the universe seems to be testing us with challenges. However, when we look back, we realize that these moments of fear and self-doubt were, in fact, a blessing. And this is what happened to the Moody family. When Whittney and Michael found out that their third son was born with Down syndrome, they were intimidated by this overwhelming new reality. But their fear soon turned into pure joy and unconditional love that had a great impact on the future of their family.
Being a parent on its own can be challenging. But raising kids with special needs is an even greater challenge. No parent is ready to receive an unwelcoming diagnosis for their child, and staying positive in these situations can be hard. But the unconditional and pure love children give has the power to make all your worries and fears fade away.
While we often appreciate the role our mothers play in our lives, we sometimes overlook the importance of our fathers. John Travolta’s life story is an example of how beautiful a dad’s love can be. After facing many personal tragedies and being a single parent, John continues to show his love and support for his kids. We at Bright Side found the actor’s relationship with his children a golden example to follow for everyone, so we shared our favorite moments of them together.
Adopting a kid is, undoubtedly, a serious decision that future parents must be prepared for. But for those who decide to adopt a kid with special needs, this step holds even more responsibility. The parents-to-be need to know so many nuances about bringing up special kids and open up their hearts and minds to help their children grow up surrounded by acceptance and happiness.
Even though 1 in every 54 children is likely to be diagnosed with Autism, there is still not enough awareness about it. In fact, kids with special needs are often frowned upon in public when all they really need is love. Instead of judging, a stranger offered kindness to little Rudy when he needed it the most, and our hearts are happy.
Raising a child with special needs can be something very challenging, but also equally rewarding. It tests parents in ways they couldn’t imagine, but it also shows them a whole different world of love and care. There are some celebrities who know what this is like firsthand, and they have valuable wisdom to share with the rest of us.
People with special needs have had to customize their own clothing for a long time. But recently many companies, from iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger to affordable brands like Target, have begun to launch adaptive clothing lines to prove that special needs and style are not mutually exclusive. They are making clothes with magnetic closures, easily-fastening undergarments, and fantastic Halloween costumes for wheelchair users.
One billion people, which is about 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. They do not have the same opportunities as we do and often experience exclusion from everyday activities. 2 of these people are Christopher and Nicolas. Christopher’s father, John and Nicolas’ mother, Melanie share their beloved sons’ experiences with us.
UK-based photographer, Nicole Louise Perkins, currently works in a special needs secondary school, so she knows all about the inner beauty of kids who have Down syndrome. To show this beauty to other people as well, she created a special project, Down With Disney, where these kids pose as their favorite Disney characters. Nicole put all her heart and soul into every shoot she took, and she really hopes that this little effort will give some positivity to all the families with special kids and raise awareness in others.
Statistics estimate that nearly 140,000 kids are being adopted in the U.S. every year. Some of those lucky kids have a chance of ending up in a Hollywood star’s family. There are quite a few celebrities out there who’ve turned to adoption, and not just because they couldn’t have children of their own, but because they wanted someone to give their love to.
When you can’t find a job, create one. Does that sound too ambitious? Well, it doesn’t for Michael Coyne who has autism, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. He grew tired of being told “no” by employers and took matters into his own hands.
October was Down Syndrome awareness month and to raise awareness about it we want to tell you a story about true love. She is a little girl with Down Syndrome, a cheeky personality, and a contagious smile. He is a 40-year-old single, homosexual man. And their bond is very special and unbreakable.
Doctors were sure that this wonder wouldn’t happen: there were too many risks in a multiple pregnancy. But Bobbi McCaughey had septuplets, she gave birth to them and raised every single one of them despite all the negative predictions. The first septuplets in the world have grown up together and they turned 21 in November of 2018.