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Generation G

GiGi’s Playhouse, a national Down syndrome achievement center, recently launched a campaign to encourage others to see the up side of Down syndrome.

“Generation G is a movement that GiGi’s has developed to just promote acceptance, to promote a change in the way we see people with disabilities and to see disabilities as a strength and not weaknesses,” said Amanda Rooney, Vice President of the Board of Directors for GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley.

With over 30 locations, including Aurora, GiGi’s Playhouse provides services to over 25,000 families, and their message is simple.

“My message, for the kids with Down syndrome, is to just be yourself, be positive, and just believe in yourself,” said Board Member, Kathryn Smith.

The campaign is intended to combat the use of discriminatory language like the “R Word” in schools and on social media, to create lasting social change.

“Kids are very impressionable, so if we start with them now and have them understand that just because a child may look different or act different, that doesn’t mean it’s a weakness and that’s something we should celebrate,” said Rooney.

By sharing a message of inclusion, generosity and kindness, Generation G hopes to give these kids their best shot at acceptance.

For more information about the Generation G campaign and ways you can help individuals with Down syndrome, visit

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.


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