Today is the 6th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day....each year this day gets a little bigger. It's an important day for those of us with a connection to Down syndrome as we strive to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
I must admit that before I had Beckett I really didn't know anyone with Down syndrome...I sure do now! I have met some amazing parents, we meet online, through social media, in the mall, on the phone - it's wonderful. We have an instant connection. I have laughed and cried with people I have just met. We have shared our deepest fears. We have grown together. We are connected.
Beckett came into our lives and changed it for the better. Everyone who meets B falls in love, they can't help it. Each day our little boy teaches us something new....we are lucky to have him hold our hearts.
So, if you know someone with Down syndrome - lucky you. If you don't, I'd love it if you would take a small moment today to think of the 5.8 million people in the world with Down syndrome (35,000 in Canada)....and how they make our world a better place.
On a side note, the 2011 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference is May 20 - May 22 in Richmond, British Columbia.