As many of you already know, I work with special needs children. It’s an amazing job and one that I hope to continue doing for many years to come. Special needs children are no different than you and me, apart from that fact that they have certain difficulties that we don’t have to deal with. I consider myself lucky to have been able to work with them most of my adult life. I am a people person and always have been. If you were to put me in a factory I would probably give up and die.
Children are the future. All children are the future. Not just the ones who conform to what many within society consider to be the standard norm. Besides, exactly what is the standard norm? I doubt I would fit into everybody’s standard norm. I wouldn’t want to either.
On the 21st of this month it will be World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. It affects roughly one in each eight hundred births. Down Syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
It has become quite a common practice here in Sweden and I am sure it is the same in other parts of the world that people wear odd socks on this day to recognize people with Down Syndrome. The odd socks campaign aims to raise awareness of Down Syndrome in a bright and colorful way, while securing vital funds to support children and their families through early intervention and specialist help and advice.
So if you have two feet, a bunch of socks and don’t mind people asking why it is that you are wearing odd socks, go ahead and show your support. We were all created the way we were for a reason. Let’s support Down Syndrome together. You are welcome to send your odd sock photos to email@example.com for us to post.Did you know there is even a tiger with Down Syndrome? His name is Kenny and he lives at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Have a great day!