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Our Mission

Hello! I'm Julia, and welcome to Beyond the Waves! My twin brother Michael was my inspiration to make this website. Michael is on the severe side of Down Syndrome, and is completely non-verbal. However, that doesn't stop him from enlightening those around him with his kindness and love.

My mission is to share the lessons I’ve learned in Self-Love through growing up with Michael. To provide a means of healing while empowering you to achieve what makes your heart sing. All while revealing the beauty behind each individual who has Down Syndrome.

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“Michael may not speak to me in words, but he communicates through love better than anyone else that I know”
— Julia Toronczak

photo: Shane Brown



Through growing up with Michael, I have learned that your perspective can change your life. We all interpret the world in different ways, but we also have the power to choose the way we absorb the world around us.

I've grown into loving Personal Development, and strive to encourage others to be the best versions of themselves. As a yoga instructor, I aspire to empower and enlighten my students through the lessons I’ve learned while growing up with Michael.

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About the Founder

Julia Toronczak

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Julia loves writing about how her twin brother, Michael, has influenced her life. She recently finished her degree in General Biology from UC San Diego, where she was also competed for the NCAA swim team for 4 years. When she’s not assisting in the wet lab of Rob Knight’s lab, she loves spending time by the beach, cooking, or teaching yoga. Michael was her inspiration for making this blog. He is completely non-verbal, but never fails to show his love to everyone. He loves going to the beach and watching the waves, along with going on walks.


Michael's Journey

In this section, I include various posts revolving around Michael's life. Other than just sharing our trips around the beach, I include things Michael likes, his daily activities, and Q&A's. 

Other Waves

If you're looking for other blogs that we love in the Special Needs world, you can find them here!

Guest Waves

This section includes stories from real people who have loved ones with Special Needs. You can also find links to other incredible Special Needs blogs that also raise awareness. We love hearing and sharing other stories, so if you would like to include yours then please submit a contact form!


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