October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time for us to celebrate people living with Down Syndrome, and recognize their unique abilities and contributions to our society.
People with Down Syndrome, as we know from our own Flatrock residents, are capable of doing whatever they put their minds to with the proper support of their family and community, and should not be viewed with any negativity or pity.
Many of them have unique talents, such as playing instruments or other artistic endeavors. We appreciate everyone at our care homes, including our many Down Syndrome residents, and celebrate their contributions to our Flatrock family.
People with Down Syndrome are just like anyone else — with a variety of interests and abilities — and they deserve our advocacy and support.
Fully recognizing and appreciating individuals living with Down Syndrome requires, first and foremost, that we view each of them as PEOPLE, not just someone with a syndrome. Once people can connect on that level, it’s must easier to avoid negative stereotypes and focus on the positive.
This month, please take time to recognize that all people, including those with Down Syndrome, deserve our respect.