To commemorate the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, Wyn Evans, a column writer for Cardiff Times, and loving father to his Down Syndrome daughter , shared a moving status on his facebook page yesterday:
‘I’ve often wondered what I would say or do if someone dissed Angharad or her Down Syndrome in front of her and me. I hope I would respond politely but informatively. I hope I would respond at all. I’m lucky, cos I have the finest daughter in the world, and I’m intelligent, and gobby, and occasionally very confident (when I’m not depressed).
I also have this blog, and a column in a local magazine, and an occasional audience in the DSA, on the radio, or in local talks. I have a forum and a voice to fill it. But I also recognise that a testing moment can come and go in a flash and you can lose your voice in an instant. What this man says is no different to what any parent would say about their child (with or without DS); no different, at least, for any reasonably thoughtful and emotionally-aware parent. But what he says is so laden with love and meaning that I offer my readers this truth…
… take 4 minutes of your life and click on the video through this link. You will be moved and heartened. You will learn some more about Down Syndrome too.’ – Wyn Evans (his facebook page is available at: https://www.facebook.com/BeatingDownsBarriers)
We want to get people talking about WDSD on March 21st! We can do this if we all wear socks…BUT NOT JUST ANY SOCKS…wear the Official LOTS OF SOCKS socks, other brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. If you don’t normally wear socks, then wear them. AND WHY STOP AT SOCKS? Wear clothing with the LOTS OF SOCKS logo, the LOTS OF SOCKS t-shirts, WDSD t-shirts or other brightly coloured clothing. – Available at: https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/wdsd-merchandise
Raise awareness this March, and make a difference.