Today is November 1st. It’s the first day of one week dedicated to talking and learning about Down syndrome here in Canada.I didn’t know anything about DS 12 years ago. In fact, I was one of those horrible people who would cross the street when I saw a person with a disability coming towards me. Because I was afraid. And awkward. And embarrassed.
My second daughter has Down syndrome. She loves school. She wants a boyfriend. She can’t be bothered cleaning her room. She rides horses, dances, reads, tells funny jokes and talks over her time limit on the phone with her friends.Twelve years later, I am a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. We gravitate so easily to stereotypes and fear in our minds! And these stereotypes cause us to ostracize people who might look different, but are not any different from us.
Please take the time to click on the Awareness poster above. It will take you through to a site where you can take a quiz and maybe learn something about Down syndrome that you didn’t know before.