I wanted to help but didn’t know how or what to do. When Ruby was about six months old I started researching programs and support for individuals with Down syndrome. I found there was lots of early intervention programs and things for younger kiddos and adults, but once they graduated high school these opportunities and support dropped off dramatically. Then what? What were these individuals doing? Another mantra of Ruby’s Rainbow? “Life and learning don’t stop after high school.” What did the future for my daughter look like? I wanted so desperately for her to have all the wonderful life experiences and opportunities as any other person, disability or not. This face deserves all of these things and more…don’t you agree?
So I did it. Let me get something straight here: I had no idea what I was doing. Do we ever though?? I had no idea if we would find any applicants, raise any money, or even get this thing off the ground. But that sweet lil’ spirit just kept chirpin’ in my ear. It took a few months for me to research starting a non-profit…and then many more months to file everything with the government….and then one day…it was like unwrapping the coolest freakin’ gift in the world…we were ready to Rock and Roll.
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” Helen Keller
I have learned many immeasurable things since Ruby’s birth. My eyes are wide open to all that this beautiful world has in store….but one thing I know for sure. You can make a difference in the world. WE can make an even bigger difference in the world together.
“A lone peep can do so little; together peeps can do so much”-
Liz Plachta, Ruby’s Rainbow
Thank you to all my peeps for believing in me… and more importantly believing in the futures and capabilities of people ‘Rockin’ It’ just like our sweet Ruby Doobs. I am forever grateful for each and every one of you.
Love, Liz & Ruby Doobs