Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why Quality Childcare is So Important



It's always nice to have the opportunity to share your story. I've been lucky to have had the chance to write about our journey a good bit. Most recently I had the opportunity to share the story of why quality childcare is so important for all children, but especially children with special needs. Check out page 40 of the NCaeyc Milestone Magazine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Why Is Today Meaningful


When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are.
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are.
-Bruno Mars
As we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, whether you are wearing lots of socks or jeans to honor the day, know that your gesture is meaningful. Think about the world fifty years ago or event twenty. It was not today's world of inclusion, acceptance, and growing programs for individuals with disabilities, but rather a world of limitations and low expectations.

Sometimes raising awareness is more important than raising money for research. Days like today help create a more accepting world of peers for my child. These will be peers who are not only kind and accepting, but understand that Cooper is a capable individual who has much to offer. 

Four and a half years ago, when I met Cooper for the first time and those two words -- Down syndrome -- were first uttered, changing my life forever, I never imagined the life I have today. I have a place where I work with 30 colleagues around more than 170 children all who will wear jeans in honor of the day. My child goes to a childcare center where the teachers, staff, children, therapists, and parents all join in making the statement that today is important. I have a child who has strengthened my faith, shown me I am stronger than I ever imagined, taught me that you can not control and plan everything in life and that it still turns out okay, and who ultimately helps me be a better me. 

I am grateful for this journey. It is a blessed one that is mostly filled with joy, but not always an easy one. It has taught me the true value of a support system. I am grateful for a husband who has walked beside on this journey me from day one. I am grateful for family, friends, and colleagues who support us. And I am grateful that God chose this amazing child for our lives. 

Thank you for celebrating with us today. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day







Friday is World Down Syndrome DayThis day takes place on March 21 to represent the three copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome. The aim of World Down Syndrome Day is to promote awareness and understanding, seek support, and to achieve dignity and equal rights for people with Down syndrome. 


Join us by wearing jeans to represent their support and respect for individuals with Down syndrome. 




Friday, March 14, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day 2014



We are one week away from World Down Syndrome DayThis day takes place on March 21 to represent the three copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome. The aim of World Down Syndrome Day is to promote awareness and understanding, seek support, and to achieve dignity and equal rights for people with Down syndrome. Will you join us by wearing jeans to represent their support and respect for individuals with Down syndrome. Mark your calendars and e-mail me if you plan to participate!