Our Vision

Our goal is to dismantle the stigma of Down Syndrome, while providing families and their children with Down Syndrome access to educational resources and therapeutic services, so one day they will be seen as “abled” instead of “disabled”. We want to reshape the conversation and in doing so, give greater societal focus to the families who are needing the necessary support, so their child can reach their fullest life potential.

What is Special & Determined?

Special & Determined started out as a blog. Motivated by the love for her son, Marla shared their life as a family caring for a child with Down syndrome.

Special & Determined has since grown into a movement. A movement to help families of children with Down syndrome by:

  • increasing education and awareness of Down syndrome, to shift the mindset away from the stigma that surrounds Down syndrome and focus on an individual’s potential and capabilities.
  • raising money to provide families with children ages 3-6 years of age,who have Down syndrome the financial support needed to access therapies to help their child reach their fullest potential.

The Special & Determined Inc. Board of Directors are a group of compassionate individuals that provide the Foundation with guidance and governance, as we serve families of children with Down syndrome.


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Paul Murasko - President

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Marla Murasko - Vice President

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Amanda Murasko - Secretary

Board of Directors

Christian Randall
Dr. Donna Murasko
Karen Roper
Heather Delp

Eileen Locke

We're a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Special & Determined Inc is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Special & Determined Inc are tax-deductible as charitable contributions US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to Special & Determined Inc.

Special & Determined is an official 501(c)(3) organization. Please send requests for copies of our Exemption Application and Annual Tax Return to info@specialanddetermined.org.