Today in our world, up to 90% of mothers who are expecting a baby with Down Syndrome decide to get an abortion, due to the lack of knowledge regarding the condition. Since a lot of prejudice exists around the disabled community-- due to behavioral issues, difficulty in lifestyle, and miscommunication-- many people never get to be touched by the genuine kindness radiating from these individuals.
This site is created not only to share the story of my life while living with Michael, but to serve as a portal for others willing to share their own stories, in order to help educate the community of how rewarding life can be while living with a disability (or with someone who has one).
Down Syndrome Education
"According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 67-85% of fetuses in the United States and Europe are aborted after prenatal screening for Down Syndrome. In most of these cases, these are due to a lack of understanding regarding the DS community. If it weren't for Michael, I very well too could have had the same outlook."
— Julia Toronczak, Creator of Beyond the Waves
About the Founder
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 practicing 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.