Jillian’s song

Jillian’s song

  In my day job as a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, I author a Monday through Thursday blog called The Morning Line. It’s a mish-mash of sports, culture and personal asides. I conclude each post with a Tune O’ The Day, most often taken from my memory-bank of ’60s and ’70s rock. This tune isn’t that. It’s a song written by the country twanger Guy Clark. It’s performed here by country gal Patty Griffin. I put it on…

Read More Read More

Sam Anderson is a chronicler of dreams

Sam Anderson is a chronicler of dreams

My new friend Sam Anderson, in collaboration with his mom Katherine, produce In My Own Words , a blog dedicated to sharing the stories, reflections, and experiences of people with Down syndrome, as expressed in interviews. Their most recent post was about my daughter Jillian and her husband Ryan.Sam and Katherine started in October of 2016. I’ll let Katherine tell the story: “It was begun partly because our family deeply values Sam’s opinions and perspectives—and so often, we realized, we don’t hear…

Read More Read More

Jillian’s uncomplicated life

Jillian’s uncomplicated life

  Recently, we got a request from a mom and her high school-aged son born with Down syndrome, to do a FaceTime interview about Jillian’s life. The FT didn’t work, for some tech-related reason, mostly because I’m tech-dumb. We did do a phoner, though. Katherine Anderson was kind enough to send me the transcript. Here it is. As always, thank you for reading. Expect. Don’t Accept. Paul (By the way, the photo is from our presentation this past weekend at…

Read More Read More

She soars to help all of us fly

She soars to help all of us fly

Here’s a column I did for today’s paper about Delaney Dunlap, a local 8-year-old born without a fibula in her left leg. She’s a gymnast  and shining light who strikes a huge blow for inclusion. Read it and cheer!  

A message of hope, from someone who read the book

A message of hope, from someone who read the book

 Greetings and Happy New Year! We have been lax with the posts. The holidays intervened. Here’s one from a friend, celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month last October. An Uncomplicated Life is available on Amazon.com. Groups interested in having Jillian and me speak can contact us here, or at pdoc53@gmail.com. We are speaking in Kansas City later this month, twice in Ohio in February, in New York in March, and recently booked an appearance in Hartford, CT for next November. Thanks…

Read More Read More

A new job for Jillian and new hope for everyone

A new job for Jillian and new hope for everyone

We make strides in small increments. Improving the lives and futures of our kids with disabilities is like walking the Appalachian Trail. Every day is a chance to take another step. We took a few recently. Jillian got a second job, as a teacher’s assistant in the school system she attended. In addition to her duties in the athletic department at Northern Kentucky University, Jillian now works with 1st- and 2nd-grade students in the classroom. She reads to them, helps…

Read More Read More

Let’s Talk!

Let’s Talk!

Let’s Talk! What has been your experience in finding businesses that are hiring people with disabilities? I am not talking about something in an outdated workshop atmosphere. Same as in school, the workplace should be inclusive.  I’m talking about hiring people for meaningful jobs that use and challenge an individual’s particular skill set. We have been lucky to find two such jobs for our daughter, Jillian. As many of you know, Jillian has been working for several years at Northern…

Read More Read More

To the parents of a baby born with Down syndrome

To the parents of a baby born with Down syndrome

  Recently, I was asked by a friend to write a letter to her nephew. Kenyon’s wife Emily had just given birth to a girl born with Down syndrome. The couple was distraught. My friend believed some cheering up was in order. Here’s what I wrote. It’s what I’d write to any couple. Moreover, it’s what I want everyone to know. Thanks for reading. Expect. Don’t accept.   Hello, Kenyon and Emily: My name is Paul Daugherty, though these days…

Read More Read More

We help families of children born w Down Syndrome

We help families of children born w Down Syndrome

When Jillian was born, all we really wanted was for someone to tell us everything would be OK. No one did. This was 1989, and while attitudes and options had thankfully shifted from adoption/institutionalizing, society hadn’t yet made the turn it has started to make now. We were even asked to leave the maternity ward less than a day after Jillian was born. A nurse intimated Maternity was a “happy place” and we didn’t exactly belong. I wrote An Uncomplicated…

Read More Read More

For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a few mantras.

For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a few mantras.

  One of these days, we won’t need a Month. It’ll be superfluous and redundant: National Human Being Month! Have a Nice Day Month! People born with Down syndrome will be so Included in our Diverse society, we will be able to say, “Every month is Down syndrome month.” We ain’t quite there yet. So, to celebrate our Month, the 3 Mantras Kerry and I minded when raising our now-27-year-old daughter Jillian, who is married and living entirely independently with…

Read More Read More