(Re-posted from Facebook) I’ll end Down Syndrome Awareness Month with a horror story, which is appropriately fitting for Halloween. (Link below) Before I do that, though, I hope that my posts have given you some insight into Wesley and Ds in general. What the Ds community needs from you is simple: invite our kids to playgroups, to your child’s birthday party, to a museum, to do anything that you’d do with your typical children. Studies show that interacting with people with Down syndrome creates a more positive outlook on life, so let’s start including them in others’ lives. If you notice there aren’t any differently-abled kids in a class at school, ask about it. Encourage your children to sit with a differently-abled child at lunch or play with them at recess. And model this behavior yourself, because the more you treat my child like a “normal” kid, the more your children will, too.
Here is the link I promised. It is not for the faint of heart, but this is how Down syndrome was viewed and in some ways is still viewed, judging by the abortion rate from those receiving a prenatal diagnosis. Wesley and others with Ds are not mistakes. Their lives are worth living. http://downwitdat.blogspot.ca/2012/10/a-brief-history-of-down-syndrome-part-6.html