Dx Trisomy 21: Ariel’s Success Story

Ariel defies all the conventional “wisdom”

Ariel with President Clinton after he spoke at the Clinton’s Foundation.

Mother’s Story

Two weeks after his birth, doctors diagnosed Ariel with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21). We started different therapies and before he turned one-year-old we started swimming with him. A friend gave us the book “What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child” and my husband read it while he was on a business trip.

My husband kept telling me about the book so I read it and we decided that we would contact The Institutes to request an appointment for Ariel.

From day one at The Institutes, the words of our beloved and remembered Glenn Doman were engraved in our heads: “The brain grows by use” and “We never give up! Even if you give up, we will never give up.

Our memories from The Institutes are part of our lives. We learned there that there are no miracles and that we will achieve our goals only if we work day-by-day stimulating Ariel.

At the age of 6, Ariel graduated from The Intensive Treatment Program, but we continued our lives always reminding him that “I cannot do it” does not exist. “It’s hard for me, but I’m going to try”.

Ariel’s Story

My name is Ariel Ary, and I am 31 years old. From a very young age I remember having a very structured physical program. I remember crawling, creeping, walking, running, gymnastics, cycling and swimming. Several times a year, I remember visiting The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia.  I can’t forget my program of patterning, gravity, reading, math, general knowledge and all the bits my parents made for me.

I graduated from a trilingual high school. Then I graduated from the leadership program at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. I have been working for 13 years at IBM and the last 2 years in the cybersecurity department.

Ariel running with the Special Olympics torch.

Sports are a fundamental part of my life. Now I play tennis and golf and I go to the gym 4 times a week. I am a Special Olympics Costa Rica athlete, a leader athlete, and a Special Olympics Global Messenger

I have a national television program called El Corazón de Ary where I am the interviewer. I look for success stories to motivate people to “Never Give Up” (thank you Glenn Doman). I give motivational presentations to grammar schools, high schools, companies, and universities.

I get up happy every day with the desire to work, enjoy my family and see my girlfriend – we have been dating for two years. I start my day very early helping my father in his work and then I start my job at IBM at 7 am.

I like to be respectful; I love to help people and I love my job. I am happy and I always want to do new things. I like to be productive and successful in life. I feel successful and happy.

I never give up.

Here is the team that never gave up and never will!

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