Friday, September 12, 2014

MUST SEE Video of Chloe signing "Chloe's Law"!

Click on the link below for a short "MUST SEE" video of Chloe signing "Chloe's Law" at the PA Capitol - PRICELESS!
http://youtu.be/YORPKk1Bw_0

Chloe's Law in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Click on the link below for an awesome article about Chloe's Law in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and this legislation has received incredible support across PA, the country and the globe!
http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-20/news/52988605_1_down-syndrome-diagnosis-publications-practitioners

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

The most Endangered Species in England

If children with Down syndrome were furry animals, unique birds, rare fish or beautiful plants facing a 90%+ termination rate would there be worldwide protest, outrage and media coverage?
http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2014/06/the-most-endangered-species-in-england/#.U5tYiPldWSp

Friday, April 18, 2014

Senator Vulakovich introduces “Chloe’s Law”

“I call this bill ‘Chloe’s Law’ after an incredible child with Down Syndrome,” said Senator Vulakovich, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee. “My legislation would simply require health care practitioners to provide complete information to women who receive a prenatal diagnosis for Down Syndrome so that they are better informed with regard to the positive outcomes of giving birth to a special child such as Chloe.”
http://www.senatorvulakovich.com/2014/04/17/senator-vulakovich-introduces-chloes-law/

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act (“Chloe’s Law”)

"Kurt Kondrich, a Pittsburgh area native and father of Chloe, a vibrant girl with Down Syndrome, has a solution for this problem. He, along with many legislators, has proposed a bill dubbed “Chloe’s Law” that would simply require certain information to be given to parents and families upon the diagnosis of Down Syndrome."
http://thecapitolwatch.com/2014/03/proposed-chloes-law-on-down-syndrome-will-save-lives/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Erie Times published column - "Guest Voice of Kurt A. Kondrich: Meet my amazing daughter Chloe"

My amazing daughter Chloe, who turned 10 this year, attends fifth grade in her neighborhood middle school with typical peers, and she reads at a fifth-grade level. Thanks to the strong foundation Chloe received from early intervention/early childhood education, she has planted many positive seeds and become a strong advocate for all children and families.
http://www.goerie.com/article/20140103/OPINION08/301039980/Guest-Voice-of-Kurt-A-Kondrich%3A-Meet-my-amazing-daughter-Chloe

Friday, December 27, 2013

"An early Christmas gift!" - The Lock Haven Express

"During my career as a police officer I witnessed the wreckage caused by not investing early in our most precious resource children. The fastest growing cost in most state budgets is corrections, and there is no positive return for this rapidly growing expense. Early Learning occurs from birth to age 5 when 85 percent plus of brain development happens, and this proven investment returns $7-$14 for every dollar spent. All facts show the overwhelming evidence that early intervention/early childhood education programs are guilty of providing unparalleled success!"
http://www.lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/548744/An-early-Christmas-gift-.html?nav=5006

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Published Letter - "Priceless Education"

The children of Pennsylvania received an early Christmas gift on Dec. 19 when our state was awarded $51.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Early Learning grant.  My daughter Chloe was born with Down syndrome in 2003, and my family faced uncertainty when we received her diagnosis. Early intervention/​early childhood education services instilled the priceless gift of hope in our lives by focusing on Chloe’s abilities. Chloe turned 10 this year and thanks to her early foundation, she attends fifth grade in her neighborhood school with typical peers reading at grade level!
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2013/12/24/Priceless-education-1/stories/201312240015

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Allegheny County Proclamation for Chloe's Advocacy Work

"Proclamation honoring Ms. Chloe Kondrich for serving as an advocate for persons with disabilities by breaking down barriers, increasing public awareness and changing attitudes by focusing on abilities."
https://alleghenycounty.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1452632&GUID=4280B03C-8BBC-4E64-8578-5AF657818E4A&Options=&Search=

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ADVOCACY - Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education are Vital Investments

"I recently had the pleasure to meet with Kurt and Chloe Kondrich to discuss the importance of early intervention and early childhood education investments.  Kurt is the co-chair of the Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention and director of Community and Family Outreach with Early Intervention Specialists. I learned about how Chloe, who was born with Down Syndrome, is excelling in the fifth grade at Upper St. Clair’s Boyce Middle School and is fully included with her peers. She is reading on grade level thanks to early intervention, which saves thousands of dollars that would have been spent on special education. As a former law enforcement officer, Kurt attests to the return on investment that early intervention and early childhood education investments pays in lower incarceration rates, public assistance costs and lost taxes, just to name a few areas.  Thank you Kurt and Chloe, for meeting with me."
http://www.senatormattsmith.com/enews/2013_11_4_Veterans.htm

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ADVOCACY - Early Childhood Education Caucus Capitol Press Event

On 10/16/13 I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at the PA Capitol during an amazing Early Childhood Education Caucus press event.  The gathering focused attention on Early Investment and highlighted how critical Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education programs are for children and families across Pennsylvania: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl-xakAgWfo

Chloe reads at grade level thanks to Early Intervention

Chloe and our family have become strong advocates for children and families in PA, and they meet with policymakers frequently to show ABILITIES and how early investment always yields a positive return for every citizen. Chloe has become friends with Governor Corbett and several other legislators, and she shows many that “The smallest voice can make the largest impact.”
http://papromiseforchildren.com/chloe-k-reads-at-grade-level-thanks-to-early-intervention/

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The world doesn’t know what it’s missing!

"Chloe Kondrich is an energetic and delightful little girl. Together, Chloe and her father Kurt have become advocates for individuals with Down syndrome.  Even as a child, she’s proving that nothing holds her back from fully enjoying life."
http://www.lifeissues.org/breakingnews/2013/bn10-11-13.htm

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Advocacy Feedback from Elected Official - PRICELESS!

I distributed an Advocacy Message "A Picture is Worth Thousands of Dollars!" to all members of the PA Early Childhood Education Caucus, and I received this message from PA Representative Anthony DeLuca: http://youtu.be/TrvV5L9kmHU  .  Connecting policymakers to the faces of the children we represent and serve does make a priceless impact, and Advocacy is an ongoing commitment to make sure these Voices are heard.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Parents as Education Advocates

This month on "Focus on Education" find out how you as a parent can become an advocate for your child in your school system. Experts will offer advice on how to become engaged in your child’s education, by understanding your rights and the resources available.  Guests on this month’s show include Kurt Kondrich, Chair of the Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council and is also the Director of Family and Community Outreach for service provider Early Intervention Specialists.  http://pcntv.com/blog/2013/09/11/september-11-parents-as-education-advocates/  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chloe and Alex - International Advocates!

This is from the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, and Chloe and Alex's Voices are being heard around the globe as International LIFE Advocates!
http://www.pncius.org/update.aspx?id=89

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chloe and Alex Down syndrome Advocacy Video

Alex and Chloe share their dream of being advocates for people with Down syndrome, and they talk about the positive seeds they have already planted!
http://youtu.be/abpjPD6sWCE

Friday, August 16, 2013

National Article - Chloe and her friend Alex!

"These two congressmen have an unwavering commitment to the sanctity and protection of our most precious, sacred national resource – human life, and Chloe and Alex are members of a group of individuals who are prenatally being identified, targeted and eliminated at a 90%+ rate while most of the country and world stands by in disturbing silence. Congressmen Smith and Franks fearlessly embrace and protect our most vulnerable children, and their legislative records clearly show their unwavering commitment to all life."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Advocacy at the US Capitol

Chloe and her friend Alex went to the US Capitol and met with several members of Congress showing the ABILITIES of individuals with Down syndrome.
http://pattan.net-website.s3.amazonaws.com/images/partner/2013/08/14/Advocacy_US_Capitol%20August%202013.pdf

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chloe in the PA Arc Newsletter

Check out Chloe and her dad on page 6 and page 10 of the PA Arc Newsletter:
http://issuu.com/thearcpa/docs/summer_2013/1?e=5717699/4063517

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pittsburgh Post Gazette OP ED Column - "The trial we ignored"

"My beautiful daughter Chloe was born in 2003 with the incredible gift of having Down syndrome, and she has done nothing but shine light, love and eternal hope into this lost world. Over 10 years the evidence I have gathered and observed leads me to the verdict that Chloe never will intentionally hurt anyone and is not capable of criminal intent or malice. Why then are some 90 percent of children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome given a death sentence without ever receiving a trial?"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Regional Emmy Award Nomination for TV Episode Chloe appeared in!

"The nominated episodes include Field of Miracles, an inspiring program about the Miracle League, an international group that builds customized baseball fields for kids with special needs. Sean Casey, a former Major League Baseball player, helped to fund the field in Pittsburgh. The show introduces viewers to enthusiastic players: Chloe Kondrich who has Down syndrome and Shawna Palmer who has a rare chromosomal condition called Tetrasomy 18p. It is touching to watch them come together with their teammates and play with a passion and true joy for the game."
http://www.lifeissues.org/press/2013/pr06-12-13.htm

Chloe joins Governor Corbett for the signing of the PA Special Education Reform Bill

"Kurt Kondrich, a special education advocate from Pittsburgh, was there with his family. His 10-year-old daughter Chloe has Down syndrome and receives special education services.
“I have a lot of hopes because it’s bipartisan. This is a bipartisan issue and when you invest in children and you invest early, it always yields a positive return,” Kondrich said.
Kondrich said he and other parents will work hard to make sure legislators do the right thing for their kids. “That’s why we’re here as parents and advocates. We have to make sure our voices are heard,” Kondrich said. “I want legislators to dream about our kids.”
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/governor-corbett-visits/article_1d16bef3-dbe5-58a7-b7d3-2f4fc6b74338.html

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Presentation at DDNA International Conference

I spoke at the DDNA International Conference in Philadelphia https://www.ddna.org/ , and here is a link to my speech:  http://vimeo.com/67556082

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chloe's Impact on our Family!

Here is the link for a video training I did about the positive impact Chloe has been to our family and all the awesome seeds she has planted:
http://web.aiu3.net/Mediasite5/Viewer/?peid=3acd00d75ab9426fbeb32038836125b21d

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Excerpt from "BRILLIANT SOULS"

Here is an excerpt from the new book "BRILLIANT SOULS" which features a chapter about the positive seeds Chloe has planted:
http://www.stephaniewincikblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/brilliant-souls.html

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chloe's Visit to the Governor's Residence

Here is a picture presentation of Chloe's visit to the Govenor's Residence, and Governor Corbett and First Lady Susan embrace Chloe as a priceless gift and see her many ABILITIES:
http://www.childcorepublishing.com/index.php/Chloe-governor1/

Monday, March 25, 2013

WORD FM Radio Interview

During the week of 03/21/13 (World Down Syndrome Day) I was interviewed by WORD FM Radio in Pittsburgh, PA about what a priceless Blessing and precious Gift individuals with Down syndrome are, and I spoke about the silent prenatal eugenic movement to eliminate these beautiful children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0c0j6Fc9r0  Please take a few minutes to listen and help spread the good news about these "Brilliant Souls"!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chloe mentioned by her US Congressman on World Down Syndrome Day

"Thursday was World Down Syndrome Day to celebrate the value and advocate for the rights of people with down syndrome. Our region is fortunate to have two inspirational advocates for life: Kurt Kondrich and his daughter, Chloe. Chloe is a precious and active young girl from Upper St. Clair. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her many times, both in Washington, DC and all throughout SWPA, to send the message, “The smallest voice can make the largest impact!”
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526381650737359&set=a.114605525248309.6050.105769762798552&type=1&theater

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chloe in the PA SICC Report

Read about Chloe in the PA SICC Annual Report (Early Intervention Advisory Council to the Governor), and there is a picture of Chloe with Governor Corbett:
http://pattan.net-website.s3.amazonaws.com/images/partner/2013/02/08/SICC_AnnRpt2012_GOV.pdf

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Family Journey Presentation

Here is a link to the power point presentation I give when I speak to groups about what a priceless Gift children like Chloe are to this world:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDaMsLrqqY&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Planting Positive Seeds that Spread

Read page 3 of the link below to see how Chloe's birth and ABILITIES have planted many positive seeds that continue to spread:
“Kurt Kondrich –a father and former police officer in Pittsburgh that has a child with Down Syndrome. He had the courage to tell nurses, “my child is not the Down Syndrome baby but Chloe and she’s perfect. Kurt went back to school and earned a degree in Early Childhood Special Education and works in Early Intervention. He is a relentless advocate for special needs children. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had some of his attitude!” 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Chloe's Magical Miracle League Year

Read about Chloe's Magical Miracle League Year on the NDSS "My Great Story" site.  Chloe planted many positive seeds in 2012:
http://www.ndss.org/My-Great-Story/Virtual-Storybook/Sports/Chloes-Magical-Miracle-League-Year/

Monday, December 10, 2012

Where Chloe's Birth led her Dad!

"Kurt is dedicated to supporting the families and children we serve by being a voice for all of the families of Early Intervention. Kurt speaks frequently to large groups of university students, professionals, and families about the importance of Early Intervention for children and families."
http://www.eiskids.com/Kurt-bio.asp

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chloe Masters Cutting Strawberries!

Because of the amazing Occupational Therapy Chloe receives she has mastered cutting strawberries:  http://youtu.be/cUKl-lYpugo 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Facing Life Head On TV Series - "Field of Miracles"

"Sean Casey is a former Major League Baseball player who spent eight years as the first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. After retiring to his hometown of Pittsburgh, Sean and his wife founded an organization called Casey’s Clubhouse to help fundraising efforts to build a Miracle League Field for special needs kids in Pittsburgh. The field opened this past summer and has become a special addition to the city.  Chloe Kondrich is one of the Miracle League’s many enthusiastic players. Chloe was born with Down syndrome and her father Kurt is an advocate for the inclusion and early intervention of children with special needs. Kurt is so thankful Chloe now has the opportunity to play a sport she loves."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PA Early Intervention Newsletter - Fall 2012

"When my beautiful daughter Chloe was born in 2003, with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, I rapidly learned how important it is to collaborate and network with professionals and families to get the best possible Early Intervention foundation for a lifetime of success. That collaboration effort has led to Chloe being fully included in her neighborhood school and reading at grade level."
http://pattan.net-website.s3.amazonaws.com/images/partner/2012/09/24/EarlyInt_News_MEMO_Fall12.pdf

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Two local girls heading to Big Apple for Down Syndrome awareness event

"The 9-year-old from Upper St. Clair has Down Syndrome and vows nothing will stop her from achieving her goals. Chloe has had her picture taken with politicians, including Gov. Tom Corbett, to whom she read a book, Sarah Palin and numerous local legislators, plus Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik. But her biggest picture will be featured Sept. 22 in New York City's Times Square as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's video presentation to kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month observed in October."
http://www.thealmanac.net/alm/story11/09-19-2012-USC-Chloe-Times-Square

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Early Intervention/Early Childhood Education Foundation for Success

"When Chloe finished birth - age 3 Early Intervention she was extremely prepared and rooted to start preschool at her neighborhood program. Chloe was reading at age 3, and she finished preschool with a complete and solid foundation to begin Kindergarten in her neighborhood school. When Chloe started Kindergarten at age 5, the return on investment was immediate because of her school placement and lack of need for an approved private school. Chloe recently began 4th grade reading at a 4th grade level, and she truly has planted more positive seeds in 9 years than most people do in a lifetime."
http://www.childcorepublishing.com/index.php/newsletter-activities

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE - Chloe Kondrich to be featured in Times Square New York City!

NEW YORK, NY – Chloe Kondrich of Upper St Clair, PA will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 22, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) annual Times Square Video Presentation, which embodies the NDSS mission to promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Chloe Kondrich, who has Down syndrome, was selected from over 1,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Over 200 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen, located in the heart of Times Square. Chloe Kondrich is pictured in her Angel Baseball uniform batting at Casey’s Clubhouse Miracle League Field.

http://www.renewamerica.com/images/columns/12/120818kondrich.pdf

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chloe and Sean Casey on the NDSS "My Great Story" site

Read about Chloe and baseball All-Star Sean Casey and the Miracle League Field on the National Down Syndrome Society "My Great Story" section:
http://www.ndss.org/My-Great-Story/Virtual-Storybook/Sports/Chloe-and-Sean-Casey-on-the-Miracle-League-Field/

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Seton Hill Celebrates Week of Young Child with Keynote Address by Kurt Kondrich

"Kondrich and Chloe have visited many legislators at district and Capitol offices, and Chloe has shown that the smallest voice can make the largest impact. Their advocacy led to the Pennsylvania Senate, Pennsylvania House and Allegheny County declaring March 21, 20120, as Pennsylvania and Allegheny County World Down Syndrome Day."
 http://www.setonhill.edu/news/story.cfm?ID=747&BackButton=index.cfm

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/setonian/2012/05/02/education-club-hosts-dinner-for-local-students/

Monday, April 9, 2012

“So They Can All Learn” workshop

"Although only seven years old, Chloe is also an active advocate. She has met with and demonstrated her abilities to numerous lawmakers, celebrities and religious leaders and has appeared on television, in magazine articles and on the cover of a book."
http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/556431/EOC-to-hold--So-They-Can-All-Learn--workshop.html

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Benefits of Early Intervention

When I was at the Divison for Early Childhood International Conference I made this candid video for the State of Virginia about the "Benefits of Early Intervention"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQBWCsA_twU

Friday, March 16, 2012

Chloe and Nolan on YEC Journal

Chloe and Nolan are featured on the cover of the March 2012 YEC (Young Exceptional Children) Journal:
http://yec.sagepub.com/content/15/1.cover-expansion

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ADVOCACY - "Greater things are still to be done"

As we enter a new year I wanted to share this video of the positive seeds Chloe has planted with policymakers and VIPs, and the smallest Voice truly can make the Largest Impact!
http://youtu.be/BZP9ldWbNZw

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My "LifeSong"

During this season of Miracles and Angels I have been reflecting on my "Lifesong" and the incredible journey God has led my family on. In the story "A Christmas Carol" it was Tiny Tim, the young boy with the disability, who changed the most wretched man in town, and this ultimately transformed the whole community. In the past 8 years I have witnessed this miraculous transformation power through the Bright Light my beautiful Angel Chloe shines on everyone she comes into contact with, and I feel very humbled and Blessed that I can be a loud Voice for these priceless children. Here is my "Lifesong" video, and I challenge everyone to consider what you will be remembered for and leave behind once your journey on this earth is complete! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm1Kw8qG2S4

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"My Great Story" - Chloe meets Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The National Down Syndrome Society "My Great Story" section posted a story about Chloe's visit with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers at the US Capitol, and it truly shows the ABILITIES and VOICE of these precious children:
http://www.ndss.org/My-Great-Story/Virtual-Storybook/Celebrity/Chloe-meets-Congresswoman-McMorris-Rodgers-and-goes-onto-the-floor-of-the-House/

Saturday, August 20, 2011

To Serve and Protect: A Dad’s Reflections

IMPACT is a national publication from the University of Minnesota. Please click and read article on page 9 about the positive seeds Chloe has planted:
http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/241/241.pdf

Click here for text version of article:
http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/241/7.html



Friday, July 29, 2011

Planting Seeds for The Miracle League

Chlloe is helping to spread the good news about the Miracle League Field in her community:
http://www.caseysclubhouse.com/?page_id=2

http://www.caseysclubhouse.com/?page_id=19

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Family's Journey

Below is the link to the powerpoint I use when presenting our "Family's Journey"
http://206.82.23.133/files/Handouts10/EILM111710b.pdf

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Women of Grace Television Show

The 2 TV episodes I taped for "Women of Grace" on EWTN are now available for viewing online. Please pass this on, and now more than ever we need to raise our voices and show the world what a Priceless Blessing children with Down syndrome are.

Navigating the System: How to Be An Advocate (Program 10230)

"The only disease that needs to be "eradicated" is the culture of death we live in with its twisted mandates for perfection. If Down syndrome is a disease then the world needs to catch the symptoms and spread them quickly - unconditional love, purity, innocence, honesty, and an incorruptible spirit of Light!"
http://catholicwomenofgrace.net/tv-shows/10230-Navigating-the-System-How-to-Be-An-Advocate.html

Preparing for Loving Challenge (Program 10229)

"Having a child with a disability allows you to quickly discover the true heart and core of people, and Chloe and all children with disabilities are a wake-up call to a world obsessed with perfection, instant gratification and self."
http://catholicwomenofgrace.net/tv-shows/10229-Preparing-for-Loving-Challenge.html
Posted by Chloe at 9:29 AM

Friday, April 29, 2011

National Pro-Life Radio Interview

On 04/21/11 I did an interview on National Pro-Life Radio with Host Day Gardner about what a Priceless Blessing children with Down syndrome are to this world, and I shared the journey God has led our family on. You can listen to the interview by clicking here: http://nplr.mdsone.com/da/2230045

Thursday, April 28, 2011

NDSS "My Great Story" Chloe reads to Governor Corbett

Check out Chloe's story about reading to PA Governor Tom Corbett on the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) website:
http://www.ndss.org/My-Great-Story/Virtual-Storybook/Celebrity/Chloe-Reads-to-the-Governor-of-PA/

Sunday, April 24, 2011

PA Pro-Life Leadership Award 2011

We were notified recently that our family is the recipient of the 2011 PA Pro-Life Leadership Award, and here is the letter: http://www.renewamerica.com/images/columns/110319kondrich.pdf

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chloe learning at the Outer Banks

Chloe practices writing her name in the sand at the Outer Banks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUx5UBRox-o Chloe practices kicking a soccer ball at the Outer Banks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZcwAQU-9Xw

Friday, April 15, 2011

Whiz Kid: Chloe Kondrich

"She may only be seven years old, but Chloe Kondrich has a resumé more impressive than most adults. Kurt also works to educate people on the promise that lies within children with Down syndrome. Statistics show that 93 percent of expectant mothers chose abortion when they find out their baby had Down’s. Kurt hopes Chloe will help people change their minds and realize that every child, regardless of a special need, is a perfect child." http://upperstclair.patch.com/articles/whiz-kid-chloe-kondrich

Friday, April 8, 2011

Chloe reads "Whose Shoes?"

Chloe recently received a copy of the PA ONE BOOK "Whose Shoes" http://paonebook.org , and I wanted to share this video of her reading the book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnpdrnKtKgs

Monday, February 14, 2011

Planting Positive Seeds - Grove City College Harbison Chapel

On Tuesday 02/08/11 Chloe's Dad had the honor of addressing 1475 students, faculty and guests at Grove City College Harbison Chapel concerning what a priceless Blessing children with Down syndrome are to the world (It was also carried live on Grove City College Radio). You can listen to the presentation by clicking http://www2.gcc.edu/media/chapel.htm and then clicking on Kurt Kondrich 02/08/11

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Perfectly Human: My Upward Down Syndrome Journey

"People ask me what it is like to change careers so radically, and I respond that I really have not changed my work focus at all. My mission now is the same as it was during my days as a Police Officer - "To serve and protect".
http://blog.beliefnet.com/thinplaces/2011/01/perfectly-human-my-upward-down-syndrome-journey-by-kurt-kondrich.html

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Grove City College Chapel

On Tuesday 02/08/11 Chloe's Dad will be speaking at Grove City College Chapel about what a Priceless Blessing and Light children with Down syndrome are the world!
http://www.gcc.edu/UserFiles/File/Student%20Life/ChapelSchedule_Spring11.pdf

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chloe's Family Invited to 2011 DEC International Conference

Chloe and her family were asked to be the keynote at the 2011 Division for Early Childhood International Conference in Washington DC:
http://www.dec-sped.org/uploads/docs/conference/DEC2011/Congressional%20Save%20the%20Date%202011.pdf

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chloe Reading Warm Mittens

On 01/04/2011 Chloe made a picture and read a short story about "Warm Mittens" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvX9ceduJL0

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Away in a Manger - Christmas Eve 2010

Chloe sings "Away in a Manger" with her brother Nolan during Christmas Eve church service
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U73H7L82NuY

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chloe featured in IUP Magazine!

“Chloe has planted more positive seeds in seven years than most people do in a lifetime, and she shows the true face of abilities for individuals with disabilities. I feel very blessed that God would entrust me with such a precious gift!”
http://www.iup.edu/magazine/alumniextra/page.aspx?id=100019&blogid=12117

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chloe on the Cover of EP Magazine with an article about our journey

Chloe is featured on the cover of the 09/10 issue of EP Magazine, and there is a great article in the magazine about our family's journey.
http://www.uclid.org:8080/uclid/pdfs/DaddysGirl.pdf

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Learning is Everywhere!

Chloe's brother Nolan (age 8) teaches Chloe (age 4) shapes while on the beach at Nags Head, NC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsne7AEb5IE

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Maxwell Schleifer Distinguished Service Award

Chloe's birth has led our family on an incredible journey, and you never know where God will lead you if you have the Faith to follow!
http://www.stallsmithfinancial.com/disabilityawareness.html

Resources for Families

Here are resources for families in Early Intervention, and you can read about Chloe in the "From the Chair" section:

EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSION
http://www.pattan.net/files/Newsletters/EINewsWinter09.pdf

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
http://www.pattan.net/files/Newsletters/EINews-Spr10.pdf

EARLY INTERVENTION REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR 2009 (Read about Chloe on page 2)
http://www.pattan.net/files/EI/SICC-Report2009.pdf

EARLY INTERVENTION REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR 2010 (Read about Chloe on page 2)
http://www.pattan.net/files/EI/SICC-Report2010.pdf

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chloe shows her dance moves!

Chloe shows that she can dance:

Chloe dancing the La Macarena http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFvSGo3xLfc

Chloe dances La Cha Cha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy3MiV2eSrk

Monday, May 17, 2010

Going to Bat for Down syndrome

The TV series "Facing Life Head On" episode "Going to Bat for Down syndrome"airs across the USA and Canada.

"As the third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy LaRoche is making a name for himself in the sports world. But he’s also trying to make a name for himself off the field. Andy has a passion for touching the lives of children with Down syndrome. He’s inviting these children and their families to spend time with him at the ballpark. They play on the field, meet the team and take in a game. One little girl who’s formed a special friendship with Andy is Chloe Kondrich. Chloe was born to Kurt and Margie Kondrich six years ago. After her birth, they were given mostly negative information at the hospital regarding Down syndrome. But that didn’t matter to them. Kurt and Margie knew Chloe was here for a reason and they knew she was destined to become a cherished member of their family and community. For Andy, spending time with Chloe and other kids has been one of the highlights of the time he’s spending playing baseball in Pittsburgh. It says a lot about the impact children with Down syndrome can have on people."

Click here to watch "Going to Bat for Down syndrome", and it WILL brighten your day! http://www.facinglife.tv/episode/season_4/episode_15/episode_415.html

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

PA Legislative Journal - World Down Syndrome Day

Check out page 4 of the PA Senate Legislative Journal about the reading of the PA World Down Syndrome Day resolution in the Senate on 03/22/10:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/SJ/2010/0/Sj20100322.pdf

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chloe Learns to Play Frisbee at the Outer Banks

Click on the link to see Chloe's brother and cousin teaching her to throw a frisbee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Xkkg9FpRc

Click on the link to see Chloe throwing the frisbee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL55AZ2xmmo

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spreading the Good News About Early Intervention

“The Early Intervention professionals who entered our life for the critical first three years of Chloe’s life provided us with support, education, hope and optimism that formed a solid foundation for our precious daughter,” Kondrich said.
http://www.smdailypress.com/content/view/248884/1/

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Alliance for Infants 2010 Spring Newsletter

Read about Chloe's family on page 8 of the newsletter:
http://www.afit.org/uploads/SPRING%202010newsletter_FINAL.pdf

Planting More Positive Seeds!

At Indiana University of PA 200+ Early Childhood students and faculty heard the story of Chloe's family's journey and what a priceless Blessing children with Down syndrome are:
http://www.iup.edu/newsItem.aspx?id=90693&blogid=447

Friday, January 1, 2010

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Great Story

Check out "My Great Story" on the National Down Syndrome Society website for uplifting stories about beautiful people: http://www.ndss.org/stories
(Read "Chloe and Andy" under the Celebrity section)

How Down Syndrome Lifted Me Up

View what a Priceless Blessing Chloe is to our family and world:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOYp02iqPl4&feature=channel

Chloe Reading At Age 3

Watch Chloe reading at age 3 with the help of her brother and best friend Nolan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkEKmm2-DBo&feature=channel

Chloe Welcomes Justina From Lithuania

On Sunday morning (08/02/09) we went to the Pittsburgh International Airport to welcome Justina home from an orphange in Lithuania, and she truly is a little Angel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9k47W-BS28&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q683OCdQDI&feature=channel

Chloe Recites Pledge of Allegiance

Chloe learned the Pledge of Allegiance in Kindergarten at her neighborhood school with typical peers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEukfP9Dw0s&feature=channel

Chloe ABC's

Chloe Age 3 Reading ABC's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4m_FfZikOw&feature=channel

Chloe "DIGS" The Outer Banks

Chloe playing on the dunes of Kill Devil Hills 04/2009:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuPFnZXWTD0&feature=channel

Chloe Leads Dad to New Career

On May 16, 2003 my beautiful daughter Chloe was born into this world.
READ STORY HERE ON PAGE 4: http://www.pealcenter.org/images/Newsletter_Summer_2009.pdf

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Player Andy LaRoche Helps Down Syndrome Children

By bringing a special needs child up to bat, LaRoche is sending the message that every child, no matter what his or her disability, deserves a run at life.
WATCH ANDY TEACHING CHLOE TO HIT:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1W3oQQrslA&feature=channel

Down Syndrome - Endangered Species

Children with Down syndrome are an endangered species with a 90%+ abortion rate once diagnosed prenatally. Read Entire Article on Page 9.
http://www.paprolife.org/news/LifeLinesWINTERnewsletter09final%20PDF.pdf
Other Published Articles:

http://www.renewamerica.com/article/100419

http://www.renewamerica.com/article/100315

http://www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/April09/nv040109part2.html#

http://www.renewamerica.com/article/090102

http://www.aim.org/guest-column/the-prenatal-extermination-of-children-with-down-syndrome/

South Hills 4-year-old stars in Broadway

On Sunday 09/30/07, Chloe will help light up Broadway when her photo appears on the larger-than-life television in Times Square as part of a National Down Syndrome Society video production.
READ STORY HERE: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_529504.html#

Light of Hope

Families here share bright message of children with Down syndrome. Breaking Down Barriers:
READ STORY HERE: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07269/820394-114.stm