October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. I obviously love this month! Each year I do different things to help teach people about Down Syndrome. In the past I have posted facts about Down Syndrome and even taught classes to school children on how to be a friend to someone who has Down Syndrome. This year I decided to do something a little different. I changed it from Down Syndrome Awareness month to Down Syndrome Acceptance month! Most people already know what Down Syndrome is (and if you don’t you can ask me), but still struggle to actively accept those of us with it. This month I highlighted 30 different people with Down Syndrome on my social media and celebrated their abilities not their disabilities!
I want the world to move past just awareness and really start to accept people with Down Syndrome and you can help that happen.
Here are some simple ways you can open your arms to acceptance:
- Step out of your comfort zone and go make a friend with Down Syndrome. Once you know someone with Down Syndrome make sure you invite them to hang out with you. Remember that you have more in common with them than you think. You probably have some of the same hobbies and enjoy the same foods. Find out what you both like and go have some fun!
- You can volunteer with organizations like Miss Amazing, Gigi’s Playhouse, and Best Buddies.
- Help your local schools to be more inclusive in their classrooms and after school programs.
- Pledge to be kind to everyone who may be a little different than you and help make the world a better place for all people.
One thing you can do right now to support Down Syndrome Acceptance is to share the video I made that highlights some special people with Down Syndrome. Share this video on social media and let all your friends and family know that you stand up for acceptance!
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