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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein


OUR STORY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

When fraternal twins Kyle and Ryan were born in 2004, their mother, Rebecca Christiansen, quickly discovered how much they were different yet the same. More importantly, she discovered that children with Down syndrome are more the same than different than other children. Being a nurse, she was shocked to find that health care professionals do not always shape a positive first impression of a life with a baby with a disability. And so, in April of 2007, Rebecca, her family and friends founded Celebrate Differences to share the message with everyone that a baby with a disability is a celebration of life, not an end!

OUR MISSION

The mission of Celebrate Differences is to support children, teens and adults with disabilities so that they can live productive, meaningful lives in the community in which they live and work.
 
OUR VISION
 
Our vision is to foster a community of acceptance which promotes the best opportunities for individuals with disabilities to exceed expectations and achieve their dreams.
 
 
CORE VALUES
 
People First
 
Celebrate Differences believes that all people with disabilities are defined by their abilities and not by their disability. 
 
Empowerment 
 
Celebrate Differences believes through our programs, our spice shop and the resources we provide, we can help these individuals lead meaningful lives in the communities for which they live and work.
  
Equality
 
Celebrate Differences believes that people with disabilities are entitled to opportunities equal to other members of society.
 
Community 
 
Celebrate Differences believes that individuals with disabilities have the right to be fully included and active in the communities in which they live. 
 
 
 
 

A not-for-profit organization, Celebrate Differences is incorporated in the State of Illinois and files as a qualified 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service, Id 20-5007373.

74 W. Washinton St, Oswego, IL 60543 | 630.885.3006