March 21 of every year is World Down Syndrome Day. 03/21 is the numerical representation of the genetic composition of Down syndrome. This year, we would like to invite you to take the pledge and to invite your friends to do so as well.
The hardest part of raising one or more children with Down syndrome is not lack of love or acceptance from their parents. We love them with the exact same love all parents have for their own children. The really tough part of it is the harm that ignorance can have on the lives of our kids. That's why we are asking you to dedicate 5 minutes of your time to educate yourself and talk to your children, or the people closest to you about Down syndrome.
We don't want our kids to be treated differently. We want them to be respected for who they are. So, if you teach your child "that my child with Down syndrome is just like him, even though his communication is not as fluid as his or his abilities are not as typical as other kids'", you'll be making a positive difference in their perception, and you'll be truly supporting our cause.
More and more kids with Down syndrome are included at mainstream classrooms at school. More and more companies are opening their doors to hire them. They may be able to do their best and achieve great goals, but without natural acceptance from their environment, everything is more difficult for them.
We are not looking for exemptions, but for adaptations, acceptance and respect. Everyone in this world deserves these basic human rights and dignities.
You can help us as parents of children with Down syndrome, by dedicating 5 minutes of your time to read this article and discuss it with your kids, love ones and friends.
Thank you for taking the time to support a more inclusive world, and one without prejudices.