It's National Down Syndrome Awareness month and if you are a friend of mine or even if you're not please just read this post so you can be aware and maybe bring others aware in the future. This is VERY important to me, obviously because my son has Down syndrome and the more people that are aware, the more accepting people will become-at least that's how I see it.
- There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States
- Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels
- Down syndrome happens at conception, usually not hereditary and has nothing to do with environmental factors or parents' activities before or during pregnancy
- The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80 percent of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age
- People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives
- People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, contribute to society in many wonderful ways, they have different personalities just like other people-they can be happy, sad or mad, hence they're not "always happy"
The term mongoloid is NO LONGER USED and is considered extremely offensive. It is also greatly appreciated if you refer to a person with Down syndrome as the person first and then the condition. So... Bennett has Down syndrome or Bennett is a baby with Down syndrome NOT Bennett is a Down's baby or he is a Down syndrome baby. If you are a mother of a child with Down syndrome you understand this but if not, I just ask that you please refer to it in this way. One other thing- I like to refer to kids that don't have Down syndrome as typical kids NOT normal kids because this then implies that Bennett is not normal, that he is abnormal and well, that just makes me sad to think that.
And last but certainly not least: please, please, please take the word retard or retarded OUT OF YOUR VOCABULARY!! Again, this word is so hurtful and offensive I cannot even tell you how it burns me up. Please discourage your older children that you may hear use it-they have no idea that it can be so hurtful.
If you find yourself in the situation where a friend of yours or a friend of a friend is pregnant and has found out or has been given the chance that her unborn child has Down syndrome please send them to my blog and not so they can become a follower or anything like that but so they can read about how "typical" our life is and then click on the many other blogs I follow about other families that have totally "typical" lives with children with Down syndrome. The abortion rate is in the 90's, percentage wise for babies with Down syndrome but it doesn't have to be that way. Thank you for reading!!-sorry, that wasn't very short was it?