Saturday, October 5, 2013

{31 for 21} Day Five.

How can you help us celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month if you don't have a child with Down syndrome?

You can get to know a family who has a child with Down syndrome.

You can encourage your friends not to use the word "r-tarded."

You can share positive images of people with Down syndrome.

You can hug a child with Down syndrome named Ellie.

Or hug a child with Down syndrome named Charlie.

Ellie says you can also give her a ride.

Ellie says you can give her a cupcake.

You can remember to treat all people with patience, grace, and love.

You can make sure that your church, classroom, your domain, is inclusive of people with special needs.  If you're not sure how to do that, ask!

You can talk to your kids about disabilities, and let them know that it's okay to ask questions, and that sometimes other kids learn differently or talk differently.  They still make good friends.

Ellie says you can work on a pony for her.

You can ask a new parent if they need help with anything.  Or just bring them dinner.

If you see a child with a difference, you really can ask about it, as long as you ask about the child as a person, too.  Even if you say the wrong words, your attitude conveys a lot.

Please do not say something like this gem I got once: "Did you know she was Downs?  I didn't have testing because I would love my baby no matter what."  (Um, I knew she had Down syndrome.  And obviously, she's here.  With me.  At the park.)

If you have a friend whose child has a disability, make your friend get out of the house!  That was hard around Ellie's surgeries, but our friends were great.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments, via email, or in person!
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