For far too long entire societies and cultures have seen Down Syndrome as a curse. Parents give up their babies to orphanages or have abortions based on a very inaccurate stigma. The first time I heard the term “Mongoloid child” I wanted to vomit. Why would anyone place such a cruel sounding label on another? Like they’re an outcast to be feared. Why “Down” Syndrome? Why not call it “Up” Syndrome? Can we be positive as a society, as a world, about our friends with differences?
Individuals born with Downs is often seen as someone who cannot learn, who can’t be productive as a member of society, no true knowledge of life or reality, a waste, someone who should have been aborted. This is a very widespread mentality and a prime culprit for why orphanages round the globe are so full. It’s why “Handicap Accessible” is not recognized by many many countries. Why, in those countries there just aren’t programs in place to support families who give birth to a special needs child. Which ultimately lead to parents giving up their child to be cared for in an orphanage, which truly is a death sentence.
I wish we ALL could see value in difference of all kinds! The face of Down syndrome for instance, shouldn’t be a stigma but instead be what it really truly IS. Business owners, actors, actresses, parents, teachers, employees, volunteers, students, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, friends, and more!
Spread love! Teach tolerance!