I think it’s pretty great! It is written by a mother who has children who are typical, children with other disabilities, and children who Down Syndrome. I read many adoption blogs, mostly through the advocacy site Reece’s Rainbow, and this is one of the best blog posts I think I’ve ever read, anywhere.
It’s a post that can pertain to Down Syndrome awareness, but also applies to special needs in general. It reminds me of the equality campaign, “More Alike Than Different“, sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Congress and featured across many mainstream social networking sites and other sites like YouTube (it has also been made into a short documentary, which you can find here; the first link is a YouTube search for the string ‘More Alike Than Different’, while the second goes straight to the NDSC website which shows the video as well).
Campaigns like this promote the idea that people with special needs or disabilities are the same as neuro-or physiotypical people, and they are! Level of function is irrelevant. Everyone has his or her own set of unique abilities. What I like about this campaign is that it plays on the individual strengths of the people it features. There is no focus on what is ‘wrong’ with them (which is nothing). I am really excited when I see a documentary, news article, etc. that asks the subject of that report for their own personal account or opinion, etc. about the subject. It’s not just ‘professionals’ who study special needs or have knowledge about those specific needs, but people who live and work in tandem with those who have special needs, as well as the people themselves! There is nothing like having a first-hand account of how something feels, or works, or what-have-you.
“More Alike Than Different” promotes equality and shows the world that people with special needs or disabilities are not unhappy about their differences. It promotes the idea of inclusion, integration, skill-based training, and so much more. It may seem easier to just feel sorry for a person who has special needs, but it is really pointless to do so, especially if that person is thriving in life! We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, levels of ability, skills, talents, preferences, levels of understanding, thoughts, hopes, dreams – the sky is, and should be, the limit!
We are all more alike than different, and promotion of this idea is what will continue to move us forward into a world of inclusion and tolerance.