what if she couldn't do any of these things? Then what? Would I be nostalgic of those road blocks, warnings and dead ends? I mean, really, then what?
You tell us, because as my daughter is busy walking through the gates of adulthood and getting a bit more savvy, she is starting to feel like a survivor amongst a world who wish the segment of population she belongs to extinct and yet that same world seems to welcome her with open arms…
By day 3, she grabbed me from behind as I was snail-walking back into my bed and burst into tears. I followed suit and there was no going back. I would go in and out of sleep and wake up with her next to me massaging my feet or caressing my head…
If you ever wonder whether we love our children with DS the same or whether our children with DS love us the same, this is for you...
How about “ONLY Caucasians are more at risk” or "ONLY Red-haired are more at risk”, or “ ONLY Working-class are more at risk” or "ONLY overweight people are more at risk"?
#IWD has always been a great platform to expose some ginormous elephants in the room. This is one of them. So, let's talk about it.
Bits and Bobs about Down syndrome...
I was crushed both by the sheer love I felt for her and the life I pictured for her
When your adult child has a learning disability, is running their social media controlling them?
@kathleenhumberstone Breaking News: May 9th, 2019 by Denise Humberstone “Sign language made compulsory in all UK educational establishments from nurseries to universities, all government bodies, all work places, all media and entertainment industries starting January 2020 in honour of Deaf Awareness Week!!! The deaf community can’t believe their ears and must have had them burning … Continue reading Deaf Awareness Week 2019
They’re done with clicking their heels in vain and shooting themselves in the foot by not standing tall with both feet on the ground!
From your side of the gate, we may appear as underdogs, even as dark horses at times, but what we are is your last epiphany. So please, unlock those gates and let us show you how wrong you’ve been until now and how FLAWSOME WE ARE!
Disabilities don’t make anybody a saint, so there’s no guarantee they’ll like you but I bet you’ll come out totally baffled! And whether or not you like them will stem for a reason that has NOTHING to do with disabilities, which is the whole point!
I can tell you with utter clarity that it's been a privilege to care for my daughter. She's been the life I never knew I needed.
(I gave this presentation when Kathleen and I were invited by the Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down to close their 17th International Conference on Down syndrome, in Barcelona, November 10th, 2017) How do you go about telling your adult child that the world doesn't want more people like him/her? That "It's OK to be different" … Continue reading Down Syndrome: What are we really afraid of?
But one thing is for sure, I have to and will stand by you and with you if people don't like you just because of your race, creed, physical or cognitive differences, sexual orientation and gender, because that is not ok.
The day my arrogance saved my daughter when my ignorance might have obliterated her...