From the moment my son with Down syndrome was born, he has had to prove his worth.

I never look at River and think lifes unfair. I never look at him and wish he was different, and I never look at him and feel sorry for him. Down syndrome just doesn't make me feel pity for him, as he has a wonderful life and other people have it so much worse. Having … Continue reading From the moment my son with Down syndrome was born, he has had to prove his worth.

Dear Stranger, your son has Down syndrome and I couldn’t help but stare.

  Dear stranger, I may need to apologise to you, I think I may have ruined your day. You probably think I'm just another person who doesn't understand, but I wanted to explain to you that I do. I get it. I wasn't just another person staring at different, another person made to feel uncomfortable … Continue reading Dear Stranger, your son has Down syndrome and I couldn’t help but stare.

If you refuse to stop using this word, then you are no friend of mine.

I'm not an easily offended person and I believe in gently educating people about Down syndrome. I always remind myself and others that we were all uneducated once, and that reacting angrily and aggressively changes nothing. But saying that, I would like to take a few minutes to discuss the word 'retard' with you. Firstly, … Continue reading If you refuse to stop using this word, then you are no friend of mine.