The rich life of a teen with disabilities
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Introducing Ellie Wenger, a teenage girl with Down syndrome who lives a rich life
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This photo of Ellie at age 3 and her dad appeared on ADN's newsletters for many years
Opening Doors, the blog of Anabaptist Disabilities Network

I'm Famous!

The rich life of a teen with disabilities

By Kathy Nofziger Yeakey
A photo of Ellie Wenger at age 3 riding on her dad’s shoulders was on the back page of the Anabaptist Disabilities Network’s Connections newsletter for perhaps ten years. “I’m famous!” Ellie exclaimed when she saw the newsletter and photo recently. 

Experiences in raising little Ellie inspired her parents to join the effort to found Anabaptist Disabilities Network in 2003. Today, Ellie is seventeen and a sophomore in high school who has a rich life full of activities.


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