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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