Disability Connection


Archives August 2012

  • Aug, Thu, 2012

Dempster Family Foundation

This is a very good example of putting your fame to good use. Ryan Dempster former pitcher of the Chicago Cubs, now with the Texas Rangers, has decided to use his notability to promote awareness of a little known syndrome that affects almost as many people as Down Syndrome. It is called 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Ryan first became aware of this syndrome when his daughter was diagnosed as an infant. She is now three years old. Ryan and his wife, Jenny, are also some of the most vocal about the need for testing newborn babies. To read more about the syndrome or for some helpful resources, check out the Dempster Family Foundation.
Dempster Family Foundation

  • Aug, Wed, 2012

Bethany Burnette

This young lady is an inspiration. She has over come many challenges to get to where she is today. As a young girl, everybody just thought she was “a dumb kid” or “a little slow” and that she would never finish school. Bethany was shy in school but she would shine on stage. She was into acting, singing, dancing, and most of all beauty pageants. Finally in high school one of her teachers mentioned to her parents that she might be Autistic. Sure enough, the doctor confirmed it. Now is a recording artist who performs at many different venues. She has even performed the National Anthem at a Mississippi Surge hockey game.

The Official Site of Bethany Burnette