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Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed a national education conference early last year to “teach the ... Read More »

Student with Down Syndrome told she would never talk gives first public speaking address to hundreds

Olivia Hargroder

OLIVIA Hargroder is a self-confessed “chatterbox”, but she was never expected to learn to speak. Born with Down Syndrome, the 16-year-old underwent major heart surgery and was not expected to live. “My mum and dad couldn’t even cuddle me,” Olivia said.  “So they stayed by my side reading books.” The books helped and Olivia made a full recovery. Parents Kerry ... Read More »