When asked to describe yourself, what would you say you are? Maybe things like “kind”, “hard working”, “sister”, and “funny” come to mind. We all have my characteristics and attributes that make us who we are. Individuals with Down syndrome are no different. They are more than their diagnosis and are unique and diverse just as their peers are. This is why it is important to use “people first” language. Our participants “have Down syndrome”, instead of saying our participants are “Downs people”. It is important to remember they are a person not just a diagnosis.
During Art Explosion, the program leader asked the participants, “What are some words that describe you? What do you want people to know about you?” They decorated their canvas with the words I AM painted on and wrote words to finish that sentence. Their Down syndrome diagnosis is only one part of who they are. Some words they chose to describe themselves are “Thoughtful, happy, smart, athletic, funny, positive, sassy”. We are so thrilled to celebrate these individuals each and every day at GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit.
If you would like to join us for the next Art Explosion or any of our other great programs please check out our calendar to RSVP for our Spring Session.