National Down Syndrome Awareness Week

The week of November 1 – 7 is National Down Syndrome Awareness Week – a week where inclusion is celebrated and people with Down syndrome can be recognized.

Recently, I came across an article on from ABC News on parenting and Down Syndrome. The article opens with a powerful introduction:

After prenatal testing, Boston filmmaker Melanie McLaughlin faced the likelihood that her 12-week-old fetus had Down syndrome, or a heart defect.

She prayed for the heart defect.

Who would think that a heart defect would be comparable to Down syndrome? Melanie McLaughlin, later fell in love with her daughter after learning more about Down syndrome. Down syndrome, the most common genetic condition in the United States and one of the most common conditions in Canada, is often feared, but feared out of lack of education.

cover5For parents who may have a child with Down syndrome or are curious about what Down syndrome means; local celebrity, Tamara Taggart articulates her journey, challenges, and happiness, with her son Becket, who was born with Down syndrome in an article posted on her CTV blog. For more information, you can read the full article on the Urban Baby & Toddler website.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tamara on a couple of occasions and I can attest to her congeniality and her dedication and devotion to her family and children. The above articles definitely helps demystify the issues regarding raising a child with Down syndrome.

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