As we gear up for World Down Syndrome Day on the 21st, we will be blogging throughout this week about some of the amazing things going on to celebrate not only WDSD, but inclusion and diversity in our province right now.
To kick it off, I am posting a video from last year’s World Down Syndrome Day celebration at our school here in Regina. We’ve always been welcomed with open arms in our community - and I know we are very blessed for that. For WDSD 2015, our oldest daughter expressed an interest in talking about her little sister. (I know, proud momma moment!). So, we worked hard on what SHE wanted to say and put it down in words. In the meantime, our good friend Nick also said he’d like to celebrate with us - so what you’ll see in the video is the (shaky.. sorry about that) evidence of how a little girl and a young man can so eloquently speak about acceptance and their dreams for the future.
For us, WDSD has always been about so much more than just Down syndrome. It has served as a day to open up the lines of communication in our schools, workplaces, and communities about what diversity means and why it is a good thing. Having a worldwide day set aside to celebrate those with Down syndrome and all they have accomplished, and will accomplish is such an amazing thing. It has allowed us to open the hearts and minds of our community about Down syndrome and break down some of those barriers and stigmas that are attached to those two simple words. WDSD has given us the opportunity to talk with our peers about the important role we ALL play in the lives of others - at home, school, work and within the community.
You’ll notice in the video, we make mention of the Lots of Socks and the participation of the school. Check back tomorrow - we’ll be talking about the different awareness campaigns and resources out there for you to celebrate WDSD in your home community!!