When I was pregnant with my second son I attended a business seminar taken by Wilf Jarvis, who developed Four Quandrant Leadership.
One of the points he made was about the danger of sticking labels on people.
He illustrated this by telling of a woman who came to see him about with a young child and began the session by saying “This is my son, he’s a mongol, he’ll never learn to read and write.”
Wilf stopped her and asked his name, she told him and he said, “This is Y and he has Down Syndrome.”
Y is now an adult, living an independent life and among his other achievements is writing his autobiography.
One of the children I met while in hospital with my son had Down Syndrome. He too is independent and one of his achievements was getting his driving licence.
Not all people with Down Syndrome are that able, but then not all people without it are that able either.
It’s World Down Syndrome Day.
This video was made in response to a woman who had discovered the baby she was carrying had Down Syndrome and she was afraid.
Several years ago Emily Perl Kingsley wrote Welcome to Holland, which explains how she felt when being told her child had a disability.