The Upside of Down

Starr Ayers and her husband, Michael, are the parents of two adult daughters. Their youngest was born with Down syndrome. Though they’ve experienced the upside of Down, they’ve also experienced the heartbreak of children labeled “different.” Starr’s heart is to inform and encourage the acceptance of those with life-challenging disabilities and to inspire others to embrace their uniqueness in Christ. 

Two of Starr’s stories along with photos of their daughter are included in a beautiful color gift book compiled and edited by Andrea Knauss and Elizabeth Martins and published by Schiffer Publishing in 2016. It is available on Amazon. Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome

Starr welcomes your connection on this website or through email at

“Part of the problem with the word disabilities is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”Fred Rogers

The greatest calamity that can befall people is not that they should be born blind, but rather that they should have eyes and yet fail to see.”Helen Keller

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