My child does not have Down syndrome. However, a lot of the strategies and treatments that have proven success on children with DS work for Boo. So I am so thankful for the children and people with Down Syndrome who happen to be in our lives.
We have learned so much from their struggles and successes.
“It is important to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 because there should be a day to celebrate the needs of people with Down syndrome. We are able to do things that other people can and can’t do – just like anybody from around the world,” says National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Goodwill Ambassador Chris Burke. “No matter who we are or where we live, give us a chance to do something with our lives so we can look forward to the future.”
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And by the way, how super cool is it that Chris Burke lived his dream to become an actor? Talk about breaking a glass ceiling! Okay, back on point…(yes, I did have one)
So anyway, Boo does not have Down syndrome. But she does have special needs and I think that a lot of her needs are helped by the tools created for Down syndrome. So in the self-interest of solidarity I am shouting from the bottom of my heart about World Down Syndrome Day.
And I am asking everyone I know (either in real-life or virtual) to show their support of all the awesome people with Down Syndrome. How can you? Well, I have found a couple of cool ideas. So on 3/21 choose one or more and join the party!
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Heartbeats for Down Syndrome. This organization was founded by four mom’s whose children happen to have Down syndrome. Together they collect care packages and deliver them to Children’s Hospital Boston. Their loving packages for the patient and families with Down Syndrome give a moment of comfort when they are facing cardiac surgery or long-term hospital stays. To find out how you can help please visit their website or Facebook page!
Sign-up or support some one who is participating in this year’s Best Buddies event(s). Best Buddies is not limited to Down syndrome, but encompasses all of our children with developmental disabilities.
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Oh, I will spread the word! I can definitely participate. Thanks for all of the info..
I love this. Thank you for spreading the word, and I'm so, so glad that you've received so much support and information and so many great learning/teaching tools from our community! We're all out to give our children the best opportunities we can. 🙂
I think you're awesome for helping spread the positive word about our community, Kerri! We're glad to know that things we use for our kiddos can help other kiddos, like Boo, with special needs.
Kerri, you are so awesome. I will definitely participate. Plus, an excuse to wear funny socks? So in! 😀
Love this! Some of my favorite people happen to have Down Syndrome and I'm so glad they add a little variety to this world. Like Boo, my brother has special needs of an unknown etiology but was always in classes with other kids with Down Syndrome. If it were not for the families of his classmates with Down Syndrome being such strong advocates in our town, he would not have had such a solid program to attend right within our community.
like kristi said, you are awesome! i'm going to link to your post on my little ol' blog!
Thanks for raising awareness!