I was recently forwarded an email that came through the Down Syndrome Research Foundation regarding a particular transit operator’s experience with people with Down Syndrome. The contents of the email was published in The Province titled Deepest thanks to the best bus passengers of all. A copy of the email can be read below:
This letter is dedicated to all persons with Down Syndrome who ride transit buses operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company. I am now a retired transit operator but I am taking the time to write this letter to show my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many passengers I picked up, over the years, who were born with Down Syndrome. You are the best possible passengers any transit operator could ever hope for. You always stood near the Bus Stop post, you always showed your bus pass and you either took a seat or you moved down the aisle, without being told, so that others could also get onboard. You were never rude, you never caused any problems, you always knew where you were going and how to get there without assistance, you rang the bell appropriately and you got off in good time. Congratulations to all of you for doing what so many passengers who are not developmentally challenged seem incapable of doing. You put them to shame. I applaud you and I want you all to know that you are appreciated and that you are a part of my best memories of being a transit operator.
Please feel free to release the following letter to other people who may be interested in this, or any other associations, organizations or institutions. It’s great to hear about other peoples’ experiences of interacting with people born with Down Syndrome.