By definition, a promise is a,”declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.” October 2018 is Down syndrome Awareness Month so I am challenging myself to Be Accepting. Be Generous. Be Kind. It is a conscious decision to be better every day. How do I plan on doing this? Well, I will start slow by inviting a new friend at lunch, smile & say hello to somone new, or volunteer.
In the last 10 years, GiGi’s Playhouse-Sioux City has made significant progress and impact in supporting individuals with Down syndrome, but we have only scratched the surface. Still, new parents are not receiving the positive encouragement they need from medical professionals upon receiving a diagnosis. Students with Down syndrome still experience unfounded discrimination at school and on social media. Qualified adults with Down syndrome still can’t access meaningful jobs. Dedicated GiGi’s locations, FREE purposeful programs, and positive support do not guarantee long-term success.
There is still so much more to do. Without more actions to create lasting acceptance, opportunities for present and future generations will falter. Our kids never get to take a break from their diagnosis. Therefore, I am asking you to join me to fight for them.
“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”