Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

This is a special day.  A day to share with the rest of the world that a diagnosis of Down syndrome does not have to be scary.  It doesn't mean that your family is going to be taken away from, as in no longer 'normal' or no longer hopeful or no longer having high expectations, rather that your family will gain from, as in joy, light, excitement, love, compassion, empathy, a fuller life.

The statistics are staggering.  Only around 10% of those babies identified in utero as having Down syndrome live to see their birthday.  Most of the 90% are aborted.

As a mother of a precious, amazing baby boy who also happens to have Down syndrome, I feel it is my job and duty to spread the word that these babies, these children, these people have so much to give.  Their lives are worthwhile.  Our world is a richer place because these children are in it.

 The theme for this year's World Down Syndrome Day is 'Who I Am'.  Take a moment to get to know someone in your community, your church, your family who has Down syndrome.  It's amazing how things are much less frightening when you are able to put a face and a name to them.

This is Asher.  He has Down syndrome.

And he's ready to party on this World Down Syndrome Day.  Anyone want to dance?


  1. I found your blog tonight. I thought you might be interested in the picture I have on my blog of my sister. I posted it also in honor of her and World Down Syndrome day.
    Your Asher is a handsome little man. I am sure with the love of your family he will grow to achieve great and wonderful things.
    Just a click on my name will take you over to meet the marvelous Miss Meg.
    God Bless you all.

    I thought I would include my link since I have more than one blog. This is the one I posted in honor of World Down Syndrome day.