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cassie's ability

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    Cassie Lacy of Omaha, Nebraska, was born with Down syndrome. Although it is an obstacle, she has never let it interfere with the pursuit of her passions and a happiness. Supported unconditionally by her family, she leads a busy and productive life. She has been raised in an environment that has encouraged her abilities, rather than disability.
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    Cassie gets ready to sign the National Anthem before the opening ceremonies of the College World Series baseball tournament in Omaha. She has been studying sign language at the Ollie Webb Center, which is a nonprofit organization in Nebraska that offers classes, activities and community to individuals with Down syndrome.
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    Cassie descends the staircase of her home, sporting a favorite outfit of hers.
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    Cassie works at Creative Hair Design, where she folds laundry, brings customers water and performs other tasks around the salon. Her coworkers love her almost as much as she loves her job. Cassie adores fashion, makeup and hair, so it is a good fit.
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    Cassie folds towels at Creative Hair Design in Omaha.
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    Cassie sweeps hair from the floor at Creative Hair Design in Omaha.
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    Cassie takes a break from work to bust a move with a coworker at Creative Hair Design.
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    Cassie regularly attends Zumba dance classes because dancing is a passion of hers. She was on the dance team in high school and also teaches Zumba classes at Ollie Webb.
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    Cassie and her friend Marshall practice their routine during a dance lesson taught by Marshall's father in their basement studio. Marshall was also her prom date.
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    Cassie instructs a Zumba class at the Ollie Webb Center.
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    Cassie works on an art project at the Ollie Webb Center.
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    Beyond just dancing, Cassie also dominates in Wii Sports games. Here, she celebrates a win in Wii bowling at the Ollie Webb Center.
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    The Ollie Webb Center also hones in on students' academic skills. Here, Cassie practices writing her letters on an iPad app.
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    Cassie and her mother Susan swim laps in the morning at the country club adjacent to their home in Omaha. Exercise is a crucial aspect of Cassie's life because people with Down syndrome are predisposed to obesity and heart problems.
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    Cassie and her mother Susan dry their hair in the locker room after swimming laps.
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    Cassie and her father Pat share a moment after Cassie returns from her classes at the Ollie Webb Center.