i didn’t know what to write about for this year’s WDSD (World Down Syndrome Day) but a new online friend, who also happens to live in the same country and share the same passion for helping orphans with special needs wrote such a lovely post that i’m going to cheat and re-post her blog-post here, at least some of it. She is Ma Rose over at Swissmaman (A European Robin’s Joy-filled Nest).
She has 4 cousins with Down Syndrome so she knows it and she knows what she is talking about – another reason why i’m quoting her today (she has experience and therefore authority behind her words):
…People with DS can live a full, meaningful and happy life, as the WDSD video well proves, they may not become totally independent like you and me but does that mean they have nothing to contribute? Does that mean they will be miserable all their life? Or a vegetable like a doctor told my friend? I don’t think so!!!
I hope the word will get out there. I hope people, here in Switzerland, as well as in the whole world, will change their perception of the worth and potential of those sweet kids. I hope that more will be allowed to be born, to be a cherished and respected part of society and help make the world a better place!
Children with DS do not belong in mental institutions, warehouses really, where they wait for death (if you want to learn more about it check out those two blogs: here and here for example), or in the trash where they end up after being torn out of the comfortable bubble of their mama’s womb… Sorry if this is a little graphic, but let’s face it, let’s face reality: abortion is not pretty, it is not easy as people would have us believe, abortion is not more than a medically performed murder and it is certainly not according to God’s plan. These precious children of God belong in families! And as the wonderful people at Reece’s Rainbow (an association who works to gather funds to help children with DS and other disabilities be adopted into families) say: “Every family deserves the blessing of a child with Down Syndrome”!!!…
Please go here to read her whole post and watch the video.
Happy WDSD! Go celebrate it by finding out more about Down Syndrome (if you don’t already), giving towards the relevant Down Syndrome organisation in your city or to a child with DS on Reece’s Rainbow. Thank you.