When you look at the picture below,
what's the first thing you see?
I see a sweet little boy,
busy playing, who ran over to me to give me a giant hug and say hi.
Is that what you see?
Sadly the first thing that a lot of people see is that the little boy isn't like them, "he's different".
But is he really?
Yes, he is a little boy with Down syndrome, but he doesn't have a disease.
He runs and plays, laughs and loves, and is loved just like any precious little boy or girl should be.
He has feelings just like anybody does, and responds accordingly.
As some of my regular readers know, I work with special needs preschoolers.
And yes, while some of the children certainly have some extra challenges presented to them,
they are preschoolers just like any other. They love Buzz & Woody and Dora, cars and dolls.
They laugh when you tickle them and they cry when they fall down and scrape their knee.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved,
you can find out more here on ndss.
Involvement can be as simple as our own attitude towards people with Down Syndrome.
Remember above all they are people, people with feelings just like you.
They don't want to be called names, just like you wouldn't want to be.
Terms like retarded are hurtful, and simply not cool.
So take a minute and pop over to the ndss to see how you can get involved.
You might just realize that you have something of value to offer.
I can tell you from personal experience that your life will certainly be a lot richer for it.