Recently when Monica and her mom stopped by Gigi’s Playhouse, Lizz, the program coordinator, asked Monica about her job. Lizz asked Monica’s mom to write some notes so that Lizz could add this to her newsletter post about Monica’s participation at Gigi’s. Lizz did a great job describing Monica’s life during these Covid-times and featured Monica in the February issue! Here is the post. https://gigisplayhouse.org/cleveland/participant-spotlight-monica/
Lizz has been a great cheerleader for all the participants at Gigis. No shy bones there! She praises them for all their efforts and guides them to push themselves to do a little more. She has been a personal encouragement to Monica. She also gives parents a push now and then! This includes one time she asked Monica’s mom to step out of her comfort zone! Lizz needed a family to answer a news reporter’s questions about getting the Covid-19 vaccine when it was first made available back in March 2021 to at-risk populations. The last thing Monica’s mom wanted was to be on the news! But we understood the value of what Gigi’s does to help put individuals with Down Syndrome in the mainstream. Gigi’s shows what they can do so that they can get the help and respect they deserve. So, we took a deep breath and went ahead with it. Here is the clip from the news channel archives. https://www.cleveland19.com/2021/03/02/covid-vaccine-offers-protection-ohioans-with-down-syndrome/
The challenges of the past few years have kept Monica’s mom from writing much on the blog, but Monica’s life has not been dull! She has enjoyed being an aunt to lots of nieces and nephews and helped build a shed in her brother’s back yard.
Monica enjoyed lots of virtual craft nights, cooking classes and even dance parties.
She kayaked by herself for the first time this year.
Monica attended the Drive-thru for the Tim Tebow Night to Shine at Bay Presbyterian this year before watching it on live-stream with the family. She can’t wait to get back in person for the event next year!
Nope! She is a guest speaker! First Year Students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have a series of topics covered in Tuesday morning sessions. This week was Genetic Anomalies. Through a connection with the Upside of Downs, … Continue reading →
Monica’s Dad loves to give Monica new challenges and watch her grow. He doesn’t let her go very long before trying something new for her. When Monica’s brother came home from college for a few days, he and Monica made … Continue reading →
April showers bring May flowers…and it doesn’t rain on Monica’s parade. Last weekend, Monica and I went to see Singing in the Rain at a nearby high school. The performance was very professional and a delight. Monica was dancing out … Continue reading →
What is Monica doing on World Down Syndrome Day? Since we haven’t posted in a while, here are some notes about a typical day with Monica. After making her bed, Monica donned the crazy socks to start the day – … Continue reading →
Monica has started a new job with Delaware North Sportservice, the food service partner of the Cleveland Indians! Monica attended a job fair in March with companies who had evidence of hiring people with disabilities. She knew what a job … Continue reading →
Monica is excited to share some of the new World Down Syndrome Day videos. These have been submitted by families and organizations from around the world. Just click on the links to see the videos. These videos reminded us of … Continue reading →
It is truly delightful when Monica conveys that she grasps a concept, a way of understanding, which is not concrete, such as in daily routines. We have often experienced that Monica understands concepts better than she is able to express … Continue reading →
On Friday, January 19th, Monica participated in the March for Life with her brother Greg and her mom and dad. The foursome drove to Washington DC on Thursday and started Friday with holy mass to pray for the unborn. … Continue reading →