We just celebrated our daughter’s birthday. It is wonderful to watch her grow.
And this coming week we are observing World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on March 21st. This year the theme is “What I Bring to My Community“. All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world, when given the opportunity. And it is a great opportunity to do random acts of kindness, as we have worked on in this MKMMA course.
Working with a global network, the campaign will:
- Explain how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport;
- Explain how negative attitudes and a lack of knowledge about their potential as individuals prevent people with Down syndrome from having opportunities to make contributions;
- Empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for their rights and opportunities to make meaningful contributions and
- Reach out to key stakeholders including educators, employers, public authorities, media and the wider community to ensure they see the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome to make meaningful contributions and encourage these stakeholders to bring about change and disseminate this message.
Don’t Forget the ‘Rock Your Socks’ Campaign
We will be doing the rock your socks photo campaign through the help of social media. We have asked people to show their support in their own little way by clicking a picture of themselves wearing a pair of different colored socks with a hashtags #wdsd18 or #WhatIBringToMyCommunity.
The reason for the different colored socks is to prove that though they are different, the socks serve the same purpose. And just like the socks, though people are different, we all deserve to be treated equally with love, respect and dignity. In other words, wear something like the mismatching socks that people will ask you about, so you can tell them about WDSD.
My daughter has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. She is wonderful and she is a big inspiration for almost everything I do.
These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”
I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.
I have come so far already. Today I begin a new life. It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.