Years ago when I started blogging, there was a challenge among bloggers called "31 for 21" which represented posting every day for 31 days in honor of the fact that those with Down Syndrome have an extra 21st chromosome. With October being National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, it was a great way to spread awareness and dispel myths about those living with Down Syndrome. Although I didn't quite make it through the entire month that first year, I have followed through each year and it is something I really enjoy doing. Every year, I have tried to include posts that are both informative about Down Syndrome and also ones that show that Colin is more like his typical peers than not.
My goal this year is to continue to do that but more importantly, to promote acceptance for the differences that exist among everyone, most especially for those with disabilities. Yes, Colin has Down Syndrome and yes that makes him different but it does not define the person that he is. On our end, as Colin's parents, we have pushed for him to be fully included in a typical Kindergarten setting among his typical peers because we passionately believe that Colin should be a valued member of his community. We believe in Colin and we believe in his potential.
Throughout the month of October, we are looking forward to reintroducing you to Colin and to showing all of the ways he's just like any other 5 year old little boy.
"Hi!, I'm Colin!"