We just celebrated our daughter’s birthday. It is wonderful to watch her grow.
And this coming week we are observing World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on March 21st. This year the theme “My Voice, My Community” focuses on enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community. It is a great opportunity to do random acts of kindness, as we have worked on in this MKMMA course.
Working with a global network, the campaign will:
Explain why it is important for people with Down syndrome and their advocates to speak up and influence local, national, regional and international policy makers.
Explain what the key policies are which affect the lives of people with Down syndrome and how they can ensure full society inclusion if implemented.
Explain how to empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for themselves and provide accessible tools to facilitate this.
Don’t Forget the ‘Rock Your Socks’ Campaign
We will be doing the rock your socks photo campaign through the help of social media. We have asked people to show their support in their own little way by clicking a picture of themselves wearing a pair of different colored socks with a hashtags #wdsd17 or #MyVoiceMyCommunity.
The reason for the different colored socks is to prove that though they are different, the socks serve the same purpose. And just like the socks, though people are different, we all deserve to be treated equally with love, respect and dignity. In other words, wear something like the mismatching socks that people will ask you about, so you can tell them about WDSD.
My daughter has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. She is wonderful and she is a big inspiration for almost everything I do.
These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”
I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.
I have come so far already. Today I begin a new life. It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.