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I couldn’t believe it.

A friend  messaged me on facebook, asking me what on earth was going on with Noah’s Dad and the IDSC (- The International Down syndrome Coalition). I had no idea, but after only a few quick minutes of scoping around, found out.

In a nutshell, The IDSC changed their logo – they just removed their tagline, “All Life is Precious”. That’s it. No changes to their Mission Statement, no changes in their website or what they stand for: just a logo change.

Like…. this

kfc logo

Or like… this

starbucks logo change

Logos change! And taglines aren’t usually part of a logo – and if they are, then they are usually the part that goes when a logo gets streamlined!

Noah’s Dad is hungry desperate for attention

When Rick Smith, aka “Noah’s Dad” heard of the logo change, he decided that because the IDSC removed “All Life is Precious” from their logo, they were suddenly PRO ABORTION!

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Let me repeat this: the IDSC changes its logo – not the Mission! – and Rick Smith is screaming that they are pro-abortion from his paid-pulpit of Facebook.

But that’s not all – when the community and the IDSC tried to reason with him, he slashed at them, started deleting comments and then actually blocked people from his page.

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I have a hard time actually wrapping my head around his type of extremism and I know that I shouldn’t even be writing about this, it’s SEO fuel for his fodder and all, but it’s like,

WOULD. YOU. JUST. STOP. ALREADY, RICK?!

I mean, dude, we have people with Down syndrome being killed out there, we have judges willing to give new trials to rapists of girls with Down syndrome, we have access and inclusion issues, we have the ABLE act to pass, we have BIGGER SHIT ON OUR PLATES TO FACE THAN A FRIGGING LOGO TAGLINE.

Rick Smith putting the time and energy into this, using the clout he has to slander an organization that has only shown love and pro-action toward people with Down syndrome is a crying shame and seriously makes me question whether anything he has ever done was actually for Down syndrome or for himself.

//end rant.

 

I couldn’t believe it.

A friend  messaged me on facebook, asking me what on earth was going on with Noah’s Dad and the IDSC (- The International Down syndrome Coalition). I had no idea, but after only a few quick minutes of scoping around, found out.

In a nutshell, The IDSC changed their logo – they just removed their tagline, “All Life is Precious”. That’s it. No changes to their Mission Statement, no changes in their website or what they stand for: just a logo change.

Like…. this

kfc logo

Or like… this

starbucks logo change

Logos change! And taglines aren’t usually part of a logo – and if they are, then they are usually the part that goes when a logo gets streamlined!

Noah’s Dad is hungry desperate for attention

When Rick Smith, aka “Noah’s Dad” heard of the logo change, he decided that because the IDSC removed “All Life is Precious” from their logo, they were suddenly PRO ABORTION!

download

Let me repeat this: the IDSC changes its logo – not the Mission! – and Rick Smith is screaming that they are pro-abortion from his paid-pulpit of Facebook.

But that’s not all – when the community and the IDSC tried to reason with him, he slashed at them, started deleting comments and then actually blocked people from his page.

shocked download

I have a hard time actually wrapping my head around his type of extremism and I know that I shouldn’t even be writing about this, it’s SEO fuel for his fodder and all, but it’s like,

WOULD. YOU. JUST. STOP. ALREADY, RICK?!

I mean, dude, we have people with Down syndrome being killed out there, we have judges willing to give new trials to rapists of girls with Down syndrome, we have access and inclusion issues, we have the ABLE act to pass, we have BIGGER SHIT ON OUR PLATES TO FACE THAN A FRIGGING LOGO TAGLINE.

Rick Smith putting the time and energy into this, using the clout he has to slander an organization that has only shown love and pro-action toward people with Down syndrome is a crying shame and seriously makes me question whether anything he has ever done was actually for Down syndrome or for himself.

//end rant.

 

There, I said it.

He really, really annoys me.

He reminds me of the know-it-all in class who wouldn’t just raise his hand every.single.time with the answer; he’d jump up and shout it out – after he peeked in the answer book.

It annoys me that after he spammed the hell out of the Down syndrome mommy community, he now makes it “okay” to have a child with Down syndrome. Like any of us need his permission. It annoys me that he doesn’t collaborate with the community. He is a constant self-promotion machine. It annoys me that somehow people think this good.

Well, I suppose if someone is being helped by him, then okay. I just think that if I had found him when I was pregnant with Moxie and heard the cloying tones of his virtual pen, I’d have despaired deep in my heart: that being “okay!” with Down syndrome was what was in store.

Oh, yay.

Now smack me already.

What I wanted when I was pregnant is what is out there now in the form of Down syndrome Blogs.

It’s a smorgasboard of blogs, divided by sub-category and containing a live blog roll. Yes, I made it and yes I curate it, but I promise it’s not a self-promotion billboard.

It’s a labor of love to the people like me that are out there and need to find a voice that they can relate to.

So, if you haven’t been, go now. Browse around. Make some friends. Rediscover old ones.

The past Blog Hops are also up, and there are some truly excellent Power Posts linked.

Want your own blog added?

Awesome!

Email me the link, please, as well as the sub-categories you think it fits with (for example, do you also write about adoption? Or your faith? Are you pregnant right now, awaiting your child who will be coming with Down syndrome? etc).

 

(withalittlemoxie AT gmail.com)

 End rant. Now let’s go out there and enjoy our day.

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There, I said it.

He really, really annoys me.

He reminds me of the know-it-all in class who wouldn’t just raise his hand every.single.time with the answer; he’d jump up and shout it out – after he peeked in the answer book.
It annoys me that after he spammed the hell out of the Down syndrome mommy community, he now makes it “okay” to have a child with Down syndrome. Like any of us need his permission. It annoys me that he doesn’t collaborate with the community. He is a constant self-promotion machine. It annoys me that somehow people think this good.
Well, I suppose if someone is being helped by him, then okay. I just think that if I had found him when I was pregnant with Moxie and heard the cloying tones of his virtual pen, I’d have despaired deep in my heart: that being “okay!” with Down syndrome was what was in store.

Oh, yay.

Now smack me already.

What I wanted when I was pregnant is what is out there now in the form of Down syndrome Blogs.
It’s a smorgasboard of blogs, divided by sub-category and containing a live blog roll. Yes, I made it and yes I curate it, but I promise it’s not a self-promotion billboard.

It’s a labor of love to the people like me that are out there and need to find a voice that they can relate to.

So, if you haven’t been, go now. Browse around. Make some friends. Rediscover old ones.
The past Blog Hops are also up, and there are some truly excellent Power Posts linked.

Want your own blog added?

Awesome!

Email me the link, please, as well as the sub-categories you think it fits with (for example, do you also write about adoption? Or your faith? Are you pregnant right now, awaiting your child who will be coming with Down syndrome? etc).

 
(withalittlemoxie AT gmail.com)
 End rant. Now let’s go out there and enjoy our day.
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Noah’s Dad” is a guy named Rick Smith. Rick Smith is evidently studying to be a pastor and is married to a pediatrician. About a year ago, they welcomed their first child into the world, a bonny boy whom they named Noah.

With absolutely no previous experience in disability rights/advocacy or even parenting, Rick became “Noah’s Dad”, a self-professed expert in all things Down syndrome related. He spammed his blog onto online forums of which I am a member (and by the way: sharing a link to your blog isn’t spamming; posting 14 links in a single conversation is).

It was a little annoying and perhaps a little amusing in a ‘gosh, will he ever stop promoting himself?’ kind of way until he wrote a post that went viral  – the post about the boy model with Down syndrome that Target hired. All of the sudden, he was the darling of mainstream media and he said lots and lots of rather astonishing nuggets of untruth like there was nothing positive about Down syndrome in existence when Noah was born…so he (- Rick Smith) started it! He said he couldn’t find any information about Down syndrome online! Couldn’t find any blogs! As a blogging friend retorted, when my daughter was born, I couldn’t find ‘one’ blog either…I found over 300!

All this, when he had been an active online forum member (until asked to leave because of his relentless spamming, that is), when he had himself relied on hundreds of other parents of kids with Down syndrome for information and support. And he said there was “nothing“! That he ‘saw this vacuum and decided to fill it‘.

To say that Noah’s Dad aroused ire within the Down syndrome community of which I am a part is a tad understating things. It’s more like everyone felt like they’d been walked over and then pooed upon.

What rubbed (and continues to rub) me seriously wrong is his habit of twisting support for Down syndrome or a life with Down syndrome to his needs. That is, he urges people to “like” photos of his son on facebook saying, “show that his life is worth living by “liking” this picture”. So….. if I don’t “like” the photo, I don’t think Noah should be alive? Are you kidding me? Are you for real, Rick Smith? How can you possibly think to weave a petty “like” into the worth of a life?

*****

In all of this, I simply adore the sparkling humor that glitters over the Down syndrome community. I love that there are hilarious posts that lighten it up for us in this community, lifting that ire that has blanketed many of us in the Down syndrome community…

Rick Smith is the self-declared Messiah of Parenting a Child with Down syndrome.

His posts, his declarations, his statements, all urge us to look to him for answers. Yes! look to him, this first time man without any experience whatsoever with disability, and gain this profound understanding of um… parenting a child with Down syndrome!

courtesy of Melissa Bush McKrola, creative cat

So here –  Laugh away! 

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Now, before any rabid Noah’s Dad fans come out of the woodwork an attack me for this post, I want to add: if Rick Smith has helped you, I’m happy. That’s good. If he’s made your life easier or better – more sparkly in some way – that’s awesome, mmm’kay? I’m not promoting hate here.

Simply expressing my opinion. And you bet your bottom dollar I’m not going to ask you to “like” this post or “share” it to show that my daughter’s life has meaning.

 I know that already.

 

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Noah’s Dad” is a guy named Rick Smith. Rick Smith is evidently studying to be a pastor and is married to a pediatrician. About a year ago, they welcomed their first child into the world, a bonny boy whom they named Noah.

With absolutely no previous experience in disability rights/advocacy or even parenting, Rick became “Noah’s Dad”, a self-professed expert in all things Down syndrome related. He spammed his blog onto online forums of which I am a member (and by the way: sharing a link to your blog isn’t spamming; posting 14 links in a single conversation is).

It was a little annoying and perhaps a little amusing in a ‘gosh, will he ever stop promoting himself?’ kind of way until he wrote a post that went viral  – the post about the boy model with Down syndrome that Target hired. All of the sudden, he was the darling of mainstream media and he said lots and lots of rather astonishing nuggets of untruth like there was nothing positive about Down syndrome in existence when Noah was born…so he (- Rick Smith) started it! He said he couldn’t find any information about Down syndrome online! Couldn’t find any blogs! As a blogging friend retorted, when my daughter was born, I couldn’t find ‘one’ blog either…I found over 300!

All this, when he had been an active online forum member (until asked to leave because of his relentless spamming, that is), when he had himself relied on hundreds of other parents of kids with Down syndrome for information and support. And he said there was “nothing“! That he ‘saw this vacuum and decided to fill it‘.

To say that Noah’s Dad aroused ire within the Down syndrome community of which I am a part is a tad understating things. It’s more like everyone felt like they’d been walked over and then pooed upon.

What rubbed (and continues to rub) me seriously wrong is his habit of twisting support for Down syndrome or a life with Down syndrome to his needs. That is, he urges people to “like” photos of his son on facebook saying, “show that his life is worth living by “liking” this picture”. So….. if I don’t “like” the photo, I don’t think Noah should be alive? Are you kidding me? Are you for real, Rick Smith? How can you possibly think to weave a petty “like” into the worth of a life?

*****

In all of this, I simply adore the sparkling humor that glitters over the Down syndrome community. Lexi (who shared her Short Bus post last week) wrote a post that I sincerely hopes goes viral, “What Did I Do Before Noah’s Dad?”

I love that the post really captures the feel that has blanketed many of us in the Down syndrome community… that somehow Rick Smith is the self-declared Messiah of Parenting a Child with Down syndrome. That, by his posts, his declarations, his statements, we should be looking to him for answers. Looking to him, this first time parent without any experience whatsoever with disability, and gain this profound understanding of um… parenting a child with Down syndrome!

It’s just so far-out, you gotta laugh.

courtesy of Melissa Bush McKrola, creative cat

So here – go ahead! Laugh away! 

And while you are at it, here’s another one which also had me wishing I was a little more continent:

All in good fun, all in good fun – Patti’s friend made this – Patti has a son named Noah with 46 chromosomes (= typically developing). She joked, “it’s my new blog header. there just aren’t enough positive blogs about kids WITHOUT Ds out there. I saw the vacuum and decided to fill it.

Please excuse me while I go to the bathroom because I’m still laughing so hard it’s unsafe.

*************

Now, before any rabid Noah’s Dad fans come out of the woodwork an attack me for this post, I want to add: if Rick Smith has helped you, I’m happy. That’s good. If he’s made your life easier or better – more sparkly in some way – that’s awesome, mmm’kay? I’m not promoting hate here. Simply expressing my opinion. And you bet your bottom dollar I’m not going to ask you to “like” this post or “share” it to show that my daughter’s life has meaning.

 I know that already.

 

Noah’s Dad” is a guy named Rick Smith. Rick Smith is evidently studying to be a pastor and is married to a pediatrician. About a year ago, they welcomed their first child into the world, a bonny boy whom they named Noah.
With absolutely no previous experience in disability rights/advocacy or even parenting, Rick became “Noah’s Dad”, a self-professed expert in all things Down syndrome related. He spammed his blog onto online forums of which I am a member (and by the way: sharing a link to your blog isn’t spamming; posting 14 links in a single conversation is).
It was a little annoying and perhaps a little amusing in a ‘gosh, will he ever stop promoting himself?’ kind of way until he wrote a post that went viral  – the post about the boy model with Down syndrome that Target hired. All of the sudden, he was the darling of mainstream media and he said lots and lots of rather astonishing nuggets of untruth like there was nothing positive about Down syndrome in existence when Noah was born…so he (- Rick Smith) started it! He said he couldn’t find any information about Down syndrome online! Couldn’t find any blogs! As a blogging friend retorted, when my daughter was born, I couldn’t find ‘one’ blog either…I found over 300!
All this, when he had been an active online forum member (until asked to leave because of his relentless spamming, that is), when he had himself relied on hundreds of other parents of kids with Down syndrome for information and support. And he said there was “nothing“! That he ‘saw this vacuum and decided to fill it‘.
To say that Noah’s Dad aroused ire within the Down syndrome community of which I am a part is a tad understating things. It’s more like everyone felt like they’d been walked over and then pooed upon.
What rubbed (and continues to rub) me seriously wrong is his habit of twisting support for Down syndrome or a life with Down syndrome to his needs. That is, he urges people to “like” photos of his son on facebook saying, “show that his life is worth living by “liking” this picture”. So….. if I don’t “like” the photo, I don’t think Noah should be alive? Are you kidding me? Are you for real, Rick Smith? How can you possibly think to weave a petty “like” into the worth of a life?
*****
In all of this, I simply adore the sparkling humor that glitters over the Down syndrome community. Lexi (who shared her Short Bus post last week) wrote a post that I sincerely hopes goes viral, “What Did I Do Before Noah’s Dad?”
I love that the post really captures the feel that has blanketed many of us in the Down syndrome community… that somehow Rick Smith is the self-declared Messiah of Parenting a Child with Down syndrome. That, by his posts, his declarations, his statements, we should be looking to him for answers. Looking to him, this first time parent without any experience whatsoever with disability, and gain this profound understanding of um… parenting a child with Down syndrome!
It’s just so far-out, you gotta laugh.

courtesy of Melissa Bush McKrola, creative cat

So here – go ahead! Laugh away! 
And while you are at it, here’s another one which also had me wishing I was a little more continent:

All in good fun, all in good fun – Patti’s friend made this – Patti has a son named Noah with 46 chromosomes (= typically developing). She joked, “it’s my new blog header. there just aren’t enough positive blogs about kids WITHOUT Ds out there. I saw the vacuum and decided to fill it.
Please excuse me while I go to the bathroom because I’m still laughing so hard it’s unsafe.
*************
Now, before any rabid Noah’s Dad fans come out of the woodwork an attack me for this post, I want to add: if Rick Smith has helped you, I’m happy. That’s good. If he’s made your life easier or better – more sparkly in some way – that’s awesome, mmm’kay? I’m not promoting hate here. Simply expressing my opinion. And you bet your bottom dollar I’m not going to ask you to “like” this post or “share” it to show that my daughter’s life has meaning.
 I know that already.
 
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