Thursday, March 20, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day 2014

We're almost 2 years into our journey with Down syndrome and I thought I would take the opportunity to celebrate it on World Down Syndrome Day - March 21 or 3/21 for Trisomy 21, which is the most common type of Down syndrome.  Before having Wesley, I will admit that I believed people with Down syndrome all looked alike.  (And it's OK if you thought the same!) It's true that they can share many common physical features such as a flattened profile or nasal bridge, extra folds of skin at the inner corner of their eyes (epicanthal folds), almond-shaped or upwardly-slanted eyes, and small, low-set ears.  After seeing so many beautiful faces of those with Ds, I've realized that they all resemble their family members more than anything else.  On this day where we celebrate Down syndrome and campaign for acceptance and inclusion, I present this video of the loved ones of families that we're living life alongside online and in real time.  I love seeing the joy they bring and how precious and valued they are.

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