It is estimated that identical twins with Down syndrome occur at the rate of about one in a million pregnancies. And we at Arc Broward are fortunate to call one of these extraordinary duos, Pedro and Miguel, family.
In 1968, when Pedro and Miguel were born, their family had a double surprise - that they were twins and boys! Then, several hours later, they received word from the doctor that their twin boys had Down syndrome.
Soon later, a nurse at the hospital told the family to "put them away and forget about them because all they would bring us was heartache." But Pedro and Miguel's family would never dream of doing such a thing to the sons that they had longed for and completed their family.
Pedro and Miguel lived a fulfilling and meaningful childhood, where they attended school, participated in the Special Olympics, and welcomed nieces and nephews.
As Pedro and Miguel entered adulthood, caring for them became increasingly difficult for their aging parents. That's when the family found Arc Broward's Venice House, a residential home where Pedro and Miguel live with four other men, as well as trained and dedicated staff who assist them and their housemates to be active participants in their home and community.
Since moving to Venice House, Pedro and Miguel live more independently, socialize with friends and live life on their own terms. In 1968, the family would have never imagined that Pedro and Miguel would live such fulfilling lives, be taken care of, loved and cherished for who they are.
About Arc Broward:
Since 1956, Arc Broward has worked hand-in-hand with the community to provide the encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes so that people with disabilities and other life challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.
The not-for-profit organization operates three “mission-based” enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals served while generating revenue to help fund services. These include the Arc Educates, Arc Culinary and Arc Tech. Arc Broward also provides services through 21 programs in 10 locations across Broward County. To learn more or to donate, visit (www.arcbroward.com) or call (954) 746-9400. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.