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Two friends grow from disability and friendship

  • Featuring: Benjamin Marshall & Laura Smith
  • Date Submitted: Jun 21, 2024
  • Location: Texas

Laura recently crossed paths with Benjamin, who had befriended her brother, Berkeley, back in sixth grade. This unexpected meeting came about when Benjamin saw a post on social media about "The Berkeley Book: The Story of Hope, Happiness, and Down Syndrome," that Laura had written about her brother. Benjamin shared with Laura the profound impact Berkeley had on his life, revealing how their friendship ultimately led him to pursue a career as a speech pathologist specializing in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Edit credit: Sean Collins


  • Benjamin Marshall
  • Laura Smith
  • Down Syndrome
  • Friend
  • Health care