[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This month is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and I think that one of the biggest learning curves people for understanding Developmental Disabilities is that having a developmental disability DOES NOT mean that someone can’t learn. It does not mean that someone isn’t smart, or can’t learn, or can’t continue to learn for their entire life.
The presence of a developmental disability DOES NOT mean that higher education should not be an option!
I love Ruby’s Rainbow because the whole point of it is to help people with Down syndrome – which is a developmental disability – attend higher ed: colleges and post-secondary education. The scholarships that Ruby’s Rainbow gives helps fill the gaps that might exist between what a family can afford, what Department of Vocational Rehabilitation might not cover, and what is unavailable through other avenues.
The idea behind the scholarship funds is that we can all give a little, both in kindness and in money.
Give $21, promise to be nice to all people, then pass on the word. If we all give just $21 and pass the word on, we’ll be able to raise the money to fuel the scholars of our community![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/206137951″ title=”The 3:21 Pledge: Supporting Scholars with Down Syndrome”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I can afford $21 so I give $21.
You are more than welcome to give more than $21 (or less, whatever works for you). You can also make it a recurring gift.
Whatever you can, it’s welcome, it’s awesome, and I believe it really does make a difference.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Give Here!” style=”3d” shape=”round” color=”info” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2F321pledge.org%2Fmeriahnicholsgmail-com%2F||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Useful Ruby’s Rainbow Links:
- Get to know some of the scholarship recipients here
- Apply for a scholarship here
- Donate here
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.