Entries by Eliana Tardio

Kids With Special Needs Speak Spanglish, Too!

This morning at 6 a.m., as usual, my daughter Ayelén, who has Down syndrome, woke up reluctantly and started getting ready for school. She then asked me for some milk, using the same phrase she uses every morning: “Mamita, may I have some leche, please?” That’s right: Kids with special needs speak Spanglish, too! I’m […]


Angela Bachiller, the World’s First Person with Down Syndrome to Hold Public Office

Parents of children with Down syndrome are celebrating the appointment of Angela Bachiller as the first person with Down syndrome to hold public office and pursue a political career. Bachiller recently took her seat on the city council of Valladolid, Spain. Her appointment has been hailed by organizations that support people with Down syndrome as […]


Breastfeeding a Baby with Special Needs

I gave birth to two children, and I have two very different stories to tell about breastfeeding. Both of my kids have Down syndrome, but their diagnosis doesn’t make them the same. In fact, since the day they were born, they have demonstrated to me just how different they are from each other, despite their […]


Moms: Put Yourselves First When Setting Goals

Putting yourself at the top of your priorities list for the New Year may sound selfish. After all, as mothers and wives, we all have that tendency to set our New Year’s resolutions based on our family’s needs, and especially on our children’s needs. But we also know that when things aren’t working for us, […]