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Hayley Goleniowska

I'm the founder of Downs Side Up. It started as a way of sharing our story and resources with other parents with a child with Down's syndrome. The blog quickly took on a life of its own and I'm now involved in publishing, advocacy, public speaking, media work, training and much more. The motivation, however is the same, to allow people to see what Down's syndrome really means today, how we are all different yet share so very much in common, regardless of our abilities.

@DownsSideUp http://www.downssideup.com/

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Special Needs Parenting: Acceptance is key

Few of us knew about our children’s conditions before they were born and even…

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Playing it Safe or Brave Experiential Learning?

As the school holidays come to an end my energy levels are depleted, my patience…

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Gear Up to Get Cycling

Whether you enjoy being outside in the fresh air, the wind blowing in your hair,…

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Just Why Are There So Many Special Needs Blogs?

It’s a valid question for the genuinely curious.

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World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the Down’s syndrome community marks a global day of education, collaboration…

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5 Pitfalls of Blogging About Your Family

Blogging is not always plain sailing. I have experienced many times where I have…

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5 Benefits to Blogging

It's true that bloggers write incredibly powerfully about special needs and mental…

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New Year - New Beginning – New You?

It’s that time of year when the ad teams would like us to happily reminisce…

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Nativity: I wasn’t prepared for Mary’s lessons

Advent is an emotional time I’m fairly sure that it isn’t just me that…

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A World Without Down’s by Sally Phillips – Everything has a crack in it, it’s what lets the light in

It’s been a week since a ground-breaking piece of television aired, one that…

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Mind Your Language: The Burden of Fear

It was right in the middle of one of those manic multi-tasking moments, you know…

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The Cards You Have Been Dealt: Playing the Labels Game

Carers“Can you tell me what it’s like to be a carer?”

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All in the Same Boat

Thank you whole-heartedly for welcoming me to the Firefly Community, and giving me…

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