Down Syndrome Awareness Month

   Okay, this will be the first of (hopefully) many posts this month to share uplifting stories and information to raise awareness for individuals with Down Syndrome. 

    I saw this on Facebook this morning- 

“It’s October 1st–the first day of Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2012. Time to reflect on a little history…check out this photo from 1984: President Reagan signs a resolution declaring October as “National Down Syndrome Month”!”

I think it’s pretty fitting for the first Down Syndrome Awareness post on the 1st of October!  If you click the picture, it links to the National Down Syndrome Congress website.  The National Down Syndrome Congress is the country‚Äôs oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. They provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and work to create a national climate in which ALL people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. 

I am also going to share a video that many of you have probably seen, but I think it’s PERFECT for the 1st day of this special month!  Once my Little Bear is home safe in my arms, I can share more on how impactful this video was for me!  In this video, (which was posted on March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day) a little girl (Ace) talks about having a brother with Down Syndrome (Archie), who was adopted.  I can’t watch it without crying.every.single.time!  (And I should drop a little plug for one Miss Danielle Rhymer as she is the one who shared this video when I saw it for the first time!  It goes to show, you never know who might be touched, in what sort of way, by the things that you chose to do or say!  Thank-you Danielle!) 
(If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can pause the background soundtrack to better hear the video!)

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