Dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome.

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What do we do at Ruby’s Rainbow? We believe everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their dreams of higher education, and we are busy doin’ something about it.


Take the 3/21 Pledge!

March 21 (or 3/21, which stands for three copies of the 21st chromosome) is World Down Syndrome Day! Each year on this day, we celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and the wonderful joy, insight and inspiration they bring into our lives and to this world. Help us celebrate by taking the 3/21 Pledge!

Check out our 2015 Rockin’ Recipients!

About Ruby’s Rainbow

Ruby’s Rainbow was inspired by our own lil’ lady, Ruby. At her birth, we discovered she had an extra special chromosome. Our expectations for her did not change, and we vowed as a family to give her every opportunity we could to learn, grow, flourish and become an important contributor to society and the community.

Our goal and mission at Ruby’s Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes, and help them achieve their dreams of higher education, while spreading awareness of their capabilities and general awesomeness.

Life and learning don’t stop after high school, after all — and we want to help these amazing individuals reach their highest potential.

We love keeping track of our Rockin’ Recipients. We hope their accomplishments will inspire others to go for their dreams!


Preparing Your Son Or Daughter for College: Suggestions for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability

Our Visit to Western Carolina University

Recently, Liz (of Ruby’s Rainbow) and Kelle Hampton (of Ruby’s Rainbow and Enjoying the Small Things) visited Western Carolina University to meet Rockin’ Recipients Ali Hale and Zach Benton, who are attending the university’s UP Program.

It was amazing to see firsthand what our efforts at Ruby’s Rainbow are helping individuals like Ali and Zach accomplish. Kelle chronicled the experience beautifully on her blog — please check it out here!!

Kelle and Liz trip to WCU

Recent Updates

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Ruby and Nella Go To College!!

October 7th, 2015|0 Comments


For the month of October we will be chronicling the journey of two little, very capable girls, Ruby and Nella as they navigate their way through a college campus.  It is our goal to educate people on what higher education may look like for someone with Down syndrome, so we will add “Fun Facts” with each post, along with hilarious […]

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Rachel’s Rockin’ it!

September 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Rachel Handlin’s dream of college is coming true!  Rachel is the first Ruby’s Rainbow Rockin’ Recipient to be pursuing her Bachelors Degree. Rachel was accepted into California Institute of the Arts (along with 7 other Bachelor programs across the U.S., Australia and Europe) and upon graduating will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts.  This is a truly amazing accomplishment for someone with Down syndrome, but […]

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Jared Okun

August 31st, 2015|1 Comment

Jared Okun just started his first year at Otsego College where he wants to study child care and music. The above pic is him in his new dorm room!!  He has worked at a local pizza kitchen until leaving for college and has been an avid volunteer in his community. He says, “It is important for me to give back to the community that once […]

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Zach Benton Update

August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Some of you  probably remember Zach from my trip with Kelle Hampton back in March. We got to spend “a day in the life of” Zach and Ali on the Western Carolina University campus and it was truly an experience. I had been working so hard to help people like Ali and Zach achieve their dream of higher education…but I really didn’t know what […]

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