One of the stories I have been following this past year has been the Spring family. They have 2 adopted boys with Down syndrome, now aged 8 and 12, both from Serbia, as well as a 16-year-old bio daughter with Ds, and several adult children. The 8-year-old, Asher, came home less than a year ago, developmentally a baby in most areas. Specifically, he was completely non-verbal, not communicative in any way, as well as exhibiting severe institutional autism.
Here is an update from this week, describing his "Helen Keller" moment -- when he realized that he can communicate, either using words or signs, in order to have his needs and wants met!
This brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy!