Author, Brian A. Beale, and his wife, Mary, were so excited about having their first child when they were thrown life's biggest curveball with just five words; "Your son has Down syndrome." Not long after receiving this news, Brian wiped the tears from his eyes, realized nothing was going to change the love he had for his newborn son, and set out to turn this experience into a positive one. Brian and Mary founded a non-profit foundation to raise the awareness of Down syndrome and how much these individuals have to offer society, while donating the proceeds to special needs organizations. While starting this charitable initiative is good, Brian always knew he wanted to do more to raise awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome, particularly among school-age children. With a Bachelor's Degree in English and a passion for writing, Brian decided to write his first children's book in an effort to open up the lines of communication between parents and teachers with their children regarding the sensitive and often very delicate subject of Down syndrome and special needs. Brian decided all the illustrations in the book would be completed by individuals with Down syndrome, which truly exemplifies what they can do if just given a chance. As Brian collected illustrations for this book, he could not help to feel inspired, motivated, and generally overwhelmed with a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing how hard each of these kids worked to be a part of this book. Brian and Mary live in Springfield, Pennsylvania with their son, Colin, and his two younger sisters, Samantha and Chrissy, who are learning more every day about Colin, Down syndrome, and acceptance. Brian's hope is through his book, Colin Gets a Chance, many other children will learn the same.