I proudly share and emphasize the achievements of people with Down syndrome.
I intentionally spotlight success stories.
All the while keeping in mind a spotlight, in some ways, emphasizes the presence of only a few on the stage.
I forever marvel at how much more our world has to gain if we just gave everyone a chance at a solid educational foundation and appropriate health care.
How much further along would our planet be *right now* if “the few” didn’t cut off these opportunities for the many?
The next great scientist, artist, peace-maker, leader, and educator could be among the masses who are in wait without a proper school or nourishment.
I mean it!
For example, at this time last year Amy and the Orphans was on the Broadway stage. These points I’m saying now were so eloquently made by the writer Lindsey Ferrentinoand and the actors Jamie Brewer and understudy Eddie Barbanell regarding the treatment, exclusion, and neglect of people with Down syndrome in our not-so-distant past.
Also, Still Today
You’ve heard the phrase, “So close, yet so far away…”
Let’s look at this year’s World Down Syndrome Day Video by CoorDown:
Our community has cracked open spaces and shone a spotlight on the few, the oh so few, who (from the work of many self advocates and those around them) mix among leaders, among typically developing peers, among work and play communities. We spotlight it to show possible, potential, acceptance. We spotlight it because it is still, really, too few.
I celebrate the achievements of those who have gotten through the cracks in the wall that separates those with disabilities from full inclusion.
This year’s CoorDown video is a call to action. There is so much more to do.
Yes, I celebrate.
And Yes, there is a World More To Do.
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I intentionally spotlight success stories of people with #DownSyndrome All the while keeping in mind a spotlight, in some ways, emphasizes the presence of only a few on the stage. #LeaveNoOneBehind #WDSD19 Click To Tweet