Lia Zunon, age 4

Photograph by Michele Hutchinson (2021)

Lia “Princesa” enjoys swimming, playing, and dancing. She loves helping others and is intelligent and kind. She spends her days playing with her siblings who she adores. She shows how much she loves her family with her hugs and kisses.

Lia is a very strong little girl. Her mother says “she inspires me to fight with all my strength because she shows me that everything is possible and she can do anything.” Lia has a diagnosis of Down syndrome and well as severe hearing loss in both ears. Because of this, communication is difficult, but she and her family are learning how to communicate using sign language.
Lia teaches the world that love does not have a disability. She loves everyone and does not discriminate.



A Lia “Princesa” le gusta nadar, jugar y bailar. Le encanta ayudar a los demás y es inteligente y amable. Se pasa el día jugando con sus hermanos, a los que adora. Demuestra lo mucho que quiere a su familia con sus abrazos y besos.

Lia es una niña muy fuerte. Su madre dice que “me inspira a luchar con todas mis fuerzas porque me demuestra que todo es posible y que ella puede hacer cualquier cosa”. Lia tiene un diagnóstico de síndrome de Down y también una grave pérdida de audición en ambos oídos. Por ello, la comunicación es difícil, pero ella y su familia están aprendiendo a comunicarse mediante el lenguaje de señas.

Lia enseña al mundo que el amor no tiene discapacidad. Ella ama a todo el mundo y no discrimina.

Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.

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