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Maureen Lee Patient Expert

Toronto, Canada
I'm a mom to two grown children, a writer, and Board member of Ideal-Way.ca (a charity for special needs individuals (Down syndrome, autism, etc.). The common theme that runs through all of the uncommon efforts of our IDEAL-WAY family is our unfailing commitment to maintain the dignity and... Full Bio
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WAYS TO DONATE by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Help us make one more person feel I.D.E.A.L.     I .....Included   D ....Deserving   E ....Equal  A ....Appreciated  L ....Loved Invest in an inclusive ... Read on »
SPEAKING by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome   KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Robert Pio Hajjar Some of the many organizations Robert has addressed include: Adult Protective Services Association of Ontario Best Buddies Ca ... Read on »
ABOUT US by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Robert Pio Hajjar When I was born 33 years ago, the doctors told my parents to put me away and forget about me. They said I would not be able to walk, or talk or do what ... Read on »
Rippin’ by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Our apartment is as quiet as it can ever be with two boys living here when from over where Alex sits I hear the soft sound of ripping. “Alex cut it out!” Alex (13, PDD ... Read on »
WHY YOU? (Should Have a Friend with Down syndrome) by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Yesterday, World Down Syndrome Day 2012, I took a break from my extra-busy day as CEO of Ideal Way, in order to indulge myself in the simple human pleasure of submitting a c ... Read on »
Computing by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Post written by guest blogger Jeff Stimpson. We decided to get Alex his own computer.  Alex (13, PDD-NOS and solidly on the spectrum) started computing a ... Read on »
First Official World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2012 by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome   MARK YOUR CALENDARS, EVERYONE, for March 21, 2012 will be the first ever, World Down Syndrome Day. YESSS!!! and, don’t we all love it when a plan comes to ... Read on »
The Handle by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome One of the first pictures of me and my son Alex was taken by my wife Jill, me and my son back-to the camera, walking away in the grass in summer, hand in hand. Ale ... Read on »
The Power of Listening by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome   Guest post by Donald Yeo, CEO of Ideal Way. “See me first, and then my disability. Or, just see me.” ~ Robert Pio Hajjar I am awestruck to realize that ... Read on »
Will You “Let Us In!”? by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome “Down Syndrome International presents the Global Video Event “Let Us In!” in partnership with 45 countries for World Down Syndrome Day 2011.” Read on »
I Wish I Had Known by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome    I Wish I Had Known by Addie Daabous Executive Director/Co-Founder of IDEAL WAY I wish I had known that this would be an incredible journey, and that everything wo ... Read on »
Ode to Robert Pio Hajjar’s 34th Birthday by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome   Today, Robert is speaking to crowds that adore Him. Most are unaware it’s his birthday once more. But, Robert’s family knows, and we shall not ignore ... Read on »
ROBERT PIO HAJJAR – The Man Behind the Fame: Chapter 3 by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome From her early thirties until her death in 1976, at age 60, my mom had been largely incapacitated with Multiple Sclerosis. During her later years, Edythe May Yeo had a ... Read on »
ROBERT PIO HAJJAR – The Man Behind the Fame: Chapter 2 by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It is critical for caregivers to understand that Robert’s theatrical aptitude is the end result of a lifetime of supportive family love giving him encouragement, and allowin ... Read on »
ROBERT PIO HAJJAR – The Man Behind the Fame: Chapter 1 by Maureen Lee Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It is widely known that Robert Pio Hajjar’s awesome charisma has created countless legions of captivated fans around the world. Born with Down syndrome, Robert has ult ... Read on »