3.5 years ago when we started out on this journey with our #downrightperfect girl, we didn’t even pretend that we knew what we were doing. We just knew that she was our gift and we’d handle her with care. In the years since, however, we’ve learned so much MORE!
So here’s what we know: #homieswithextrachromies love like you, laugh like you, feel like you, and aspire to live fully like you. In short, we’re all more alike than different.
Except when it comes to #education. God has continued to play favorites in our lives and we’ve had the best educational experience we could have ever hoped for thus far. We’ve remained united in our resolve to patiently learn what’s best for Josephine as an individual and then worked determinedly to build the requisite village to provide it for her. As a result, her doctors have become our allies, her teachers have become our friends, and her therapists have become our family. But this is only the beginning. We’re preparing to do so much MORE.
Which is why we’ve chosen to join Club 21. Did you know that it was only in 1975 that #inclusiveeducation for children with #disabilities became federal law? If Josephine were born just 30 years ago, it’s quite likely that we would have been pressured into (but, if you know me, then not really) giving up our rights and sending her off to be institutionalized “for her own good” 🤯
On our first 2nd Saturday at @clubtwentyone the Executive Director came out to personally give us a tour, introduce us to all of the other families, and tell us all about the amazing programming. That was all well and good but, after looking around, I had to say, “...there sure aren’t many people who look like us here”. She didn’t miss a beat, smiled real wide and said, “I know! You are the ones we’ve been waiting for!” And that was that.
So here we are. Learning, Advocating, Collaborating, Representing and #fundraising to ensure that we and other families continue to have access to the tools that will ensure that our babies (and teens and young adults) with #downsyndrome receive the type of education that they need and deserve.
Register to walk with us, #donate to the cause, and send #goodvibes. #linkinbio