October is awareness month for many causes near and dear to my heart, including Down Syndrome. We now have a variety of friends with Down syndrome, and are so glad to have them. They are wonderful people, and we have learned a lot about the differences between expectations, popular misinformation, and reality.
If you are new to the Special Needs or Down syndrome community, the National Down Syndrome Congress has a wonderful page for you to visit.
One of the best things about this page is how people with Down syndrome are understood as "little packets of human potential." It reminds me of my own parents, who always said of babies, "There's a whole person in that tiny little package!"
And you know what? It is absolutely true.
Go ahead, take that first step into community, acceptance, and celebration of all people. It is worth a few minutes of reading.