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March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day: With Us Not For Us

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March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, and the theme is With Us Not For Us. We at Families as Allies resonate with that theme and encourage all of you to watch this video that brings home why this message is so important:

You can learn more at the World Down Syndrome Day website. We especially appreciate these words: “The message of With Us Not For Us is key to a human rights-based approach to disability.”

DSi is committed to moving on from the outdated charity model of disability, where people with disability were treated as objects of charity, deserving of pity and relying on others for support.

A human rights-based approach views people with disabilities as having the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, working With others to improve their lives.”

We are also thankful for parents who have helped us learn more about their journey. Here are two blogs entries from a mom who has helped us learn a lot:

One Mom’s Words: What My Son Has Taught Me – Florance Bass
Inclusion…..Why We Don’t See It?

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