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Three Georgia Women Share Stories of Loved Ones with Down Syndrome in New Book

Three Georgia women share stories about their loved ones with Down syndrome in a new Woodbine House title, Gifts 2. The release of the book corresponds with Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.

Atlanta, GA, September 21, 2009 --( An anthology of essays about people with Down syndrome released this past week features the unique perspectives of three Georgia women who describe experiences inspired by their loved ones. Gifts 2 is published by Woodbine House and contains stories about acceptance, courage, friendship, awareness, and joy from people who know and care about people with Down syndrome.

Heidi Moore is a prominent disability advocate in Georgia and the mother of two boys, including 9-year-old Jacob, who has Down syndrome. In Gifts 2, Moore describes her first grassroots advocacy experience on behalf of Jacob when she learned that her courage could make a difference for her son and many others. Since then, Moore has advocated for Georgia children with disabilities by staging rallies at the state capitol, serving in many organizations and committees, and maintaining a distribution list of more than 2,500 members to promote awareness about advocacy efforts in Georgia.

Stephanie Meredith is a notable disability author who shares the story of her 9-year-old son's first Cub Scout Pinewood Derby in Gifts 2. Meredith is also the author of the Canister booklet, "Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis," which was recommended in July as the national gold standard packet for prenatal information about Down syndrome. She also facilitated the Russian translation of another Woodbine House title, "Babies with Down Syndrome."

Andreca Burton is the sister of Ayoca Freeman, author of "My Flower," and the aunt of Taylor Freeman who is the inspiration for her essay, "Taylor Made for Me." Andreca is a native of Hartwell, Georgia and will be completing her Master's Degree in Counseling in October 2009 from Argosy University. In this story, Andreca shares beautiful memories of her niece and the joy she felt after Taylor was born.

The publication of Gifts 2 coincides with Down Syndrome Awareness Month, allowing the authors to offer insights into the lives of people with Down syndrome and raise awareness.

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