Marla Murasko

Patient Leader

I am a Past WEGO Health "Advocating for Another" Award-Winner, Down Syndrome Advocate, Speaker, Talk Show Co-Host, Author, Community Builder but my “real” job is Mom! The one I am MOST proud of! I am passionate about educating society on the acceptance and inclusion for individuals with Down Syndrome. So people see their “capabilities“, not their disabilities. I have collaborated with a fellow parent of a child with Down Syndrome and created a Facebook Live Talk Show called "Down Right Capable". Our show focuses on helping to change the way others view Down Syndrome, by highlighting the capabilities rather than the disabilities of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Location

Hopkinton, MA

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Instagram Advocating for Another Best Team Performance

Winner

Advocating For Another

Marla travels the country speaking on advocacy and heads so many projects that advocate for our loved ones with special needs. Not only is she an inspiration for other advocates because of her selfless service, she is also a source of hope for families that their child with special needs can live an amazing life of purpose!  — Phillip

Marla uses her Instagram feed to champion her advocacy as mom to Jacob, her son who has Down Syndrome. She shares resources, inspiration and gives the behind-the-scenes view of her civic involvement as well as public speaking. Beyond her own work, Marla also features others making a difference across many causes through her #MarlasMentions.  — Quiana

Marla is a tireless advocate for her son, Jacob, and the Down syndrome community. She writes a blog, Special-and-Determined; publishes a digital magazine called Special Mompreneurs; publicly speaks about issues directly affecting the differently-abled community; and, is a tremendous resource for other moms making similar journies.  — Laura

Through her blog Marla shows the personal side of her work as a Down Syndrome advocate. Her content ranges from sharing her speaking engagements nationwide, as well as educational resources to lifestyle such as travel and self care. Additionally, her feature "Marla Mentions" amplifies those doing advocacy work across a myriad of topics.  — Quiana

Marla is an extremely passionate Ds Parent Influencer spreading awareness for inclusion & understanding for individuals with Down syndrome on her blog “Musings From A Special Needs Mom” in her community & in the classroom This past March she was a guest panelist at the UN for World Down Syndrome Day speaking on "Advocacy - Why your voice matters"  — paul

Marla and her co-founder Brian developed and launched Down Right Capable in August 2018 to help educate and inspire parents, educators and caregivers for individuals with Down Syndrome. They produce a monthly FB Live talk show that is then saved and shared via YouTube. They have had over 860 views of their 10 shows  — paul

Marla Murasko is extremely passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about Down Syndrome.  — Marielle

Through her Instagram profile, Marla brings her Down Syndrome advocacy to life through her capture of her son Jacob's experience as they attend events, meeting with government officials as well as providing inspiration through motivational quotes and resources.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Marla over the past year. She is an amazing source of hope and inspiration for other families across the country. She has spoken on major stages and has a name and platform to change and impact the lives of so many families and individuals. She is using Instagram as a platform to educate and inspire!

Marla Murasko

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