Ashley lives at home with her mom, older sister, younger brother and niece and nephew. She helps out with many chores around the house, folding clothes, putting dishes away, take the trash to garbage can, making her bed, etc.
Although she may have a few differences, Ashley also shares just as many common hopes and dreams as anyone of us. She loves TV, movies, listening to mudic and likes to watch YouTube. She loves to draw and write a lot of letters of the alphabet. She currently loves Hello Kitty things. Ashley loves Disneyland and has grown up watching Disney movies and loves to sing along. Her family takes her to Disneyland for much needed exercise.
While in the early infant program, she was taught American Sign Laungage, most of the words she no longer uses, but a few still pop up once in a while. "Ashley can say a small about of words clearly however most of the things she says we have to listen really hard and sometimes we have no idea what she is trying to communicate." says her mom.
Ashley had heart surgery when she was 6 months old and has Hep.C from a blood transfusion. At 17, she had her gall bladder removed (gall stones) and her ovaries removed that same year due to cysts and the possibility that her mom says, "I was told she may have cancer, which was false, these two things are non related to DS."
She is loving and kind most 90% of the time, likes routine, and is stubborn about 10% of the time. She participated in basketball in the Special Olympic from age 10-20. She is shy at first most times and will have to warm up to a person.
"I am inspired by her kindness, smiles and unconditional love for her family and friends everyday." says her mom.
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