You are officially Down syndrome aware. Congratulations!
Is this enough? Are you there yet?
So what are the next steps you ask?
Respect people with Down syndrome. Educate folks with Down syndrome. Include people with Down syndrome in your churches, groups and events. Welcome neighbors with Down syndrome. Believe in people with Down syndrome. Hire workers who have Down syndrome. Support healthcare for people with Down syndrome.
Get to know a person with Down syndrome—it could make your world a better place (it did mine!)
PS: My favorite moment from our local Buddy Walk? When a petite kindergartner with pigtails and Down syndrome said to my 14 year old daughter, "Do you have Down syndrome?" My daughter answered, “Yes, I do,” and they both smiled and sighed blissfully.
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.