Posted by: Susan | March 21, 2013

World Down Syndrome Day, 3 reasons I care.

WebI love the clever banner developed for World Down Syndrome Day.  Look closely.  Do you see the ’21’ in the heart?  That is a play on the fact that Down syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome on the 21st pair.  But people with DS are much more than an extra chromosome.  As a parent we want the same thing for all of our children.  I hope that all 6 of our children live independent, happy lives, have loving relationships, are active in their communities and are employed.  Having the extra chromosome shouldn’t be a factor in achieving those things.

Here are the 3 reasons I care about World Down Syndrome Day.colinSam, Robin Hood(he’s from England, hence the nickname) and Jake at camp.

IMG_4872April and the Hunk on the way to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

April is now actively looking for a job.  Here is a great video of people with DS from all over the world working...Will You Let Us In?  Today, and every day, see the possibilities in people with Down syndrome.

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