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Airline Bans Teen With Down Syndrome

Kicking someone off a flight because of a disability is discrimination pure and simple.

According to Joan and Robert Vanderhorst, their 16-year-old son Bede was discriminated against because of his Down syndrome.

After being kicked off their flight, they say they pleaded with the officers to see reason. Robert says:

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Adorable Baby With Down Syndrome Stars In Swimwear Ad Campaign

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Isn’t she the cutest thing?!

Little 10-month-old Valentina Guerrero, who has Down Syndrome, is the cover girl for Dolores Cortés USA's new swimwear catalog! The Spanish designer said:

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EXCLUSIVE! Glee's Lauren Potter Opens Up About New Charity Mission, iPads For Autism, And MORE!

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Like, MUCH MORE! Like, let's just share some of the names she drops in this interview: Jane Lynch, President Obama, GEORGE CLOONEY!

Girl knows her people!

As Becky Jackson on Glee, Lauren Potter is an inspiration to a new generation of kids, with and without intellectual disabilities . The show has given her a platform to do so many wonderful things, like go to awards shows, do outreach for charities and even be appointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently, she is working in conjunction with a program called iPads For Autism, with a goal to get 23 iPads to The Carolyn E. Wiley Center, which offers programs to Autistic youth. In fact, the center was vital to Lauren's early development as she was treated by the staff as an infant with Down Syndrome

Her work is so incredibly important that we were thrilled to get the chance to ask her a few questions about the program, her charity work, and what big names are offering up their celebrity to help! Check out what Lauren had to say:

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Boy With Down Syndrome Becomes High School Basketball Star!

This is what happens when you give the underdogs a chance!

Mimicking the stellar rise of Jeremy Lin, a Tennessee teenager with down syndrome surprised his entire high school when he was finally given a chance to get off the bench and play on the basketball team.

His coach was hesitant

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Little Boy Refused Communion Because He Has Down Syndrome

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Little Boy Refused Communion Because He Has Down Syndrome,

Boooooo!!

The Catholic Church accepts everyone — that is, everyone that isn't disabled.

At least that's how Clare Ellarby feels! The British mom claims her 7-year-old son wasn't allowed to take his first Holy Communion because he has Down Syndrome.

WTF???

The Diocese of Leeds wrote Clare a letter explaining that her son, Denum Ellarby, lacks the "concentration" to take part. The letter explained that members of the church can:

"only proceed to the sacrament of First Communion when they take part in the Church's life and understand the Church's faith".

Obvi, Clare is hurt and outraged by her church. She says:

"I feel really let down by the Catholic faith. They need to have more compassion. What they are doing is so cruel."

Since she spoke out the church has released a statement trying to turn it around on the Ellarbys. They claim they didn't reject Denum because he has Down Syndrome, they rejected him because his parents are bad Catholics. Citing that,

"Denum's family has not participated in the regular life of the Church or in the preparation preceding First Communion. We hope that this will change as Denum grows and we are working with him and his family to help him achieve this."

We sincerely hope this really is an isolated incident.

Otherwise, Glee is sure to use this as inspiration for an episode!!

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