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Monday, January 09, 2012

Down Syndrome Conference in Bulgaria

Connecting the Rainbow is an outreach program of Reece's Rainbow. Last May, Shelley traveled to Bulgaria for a Down syndrome conference. It's slow-growing, but there are families in Bulgaria who are choosing to keep their children born with Down syndrome instead of automatically leaving them at the hospital to go to the orphanages.

Connecting the Rainbow is providing support and information to families in Eastern Europe who are raising their children with Down syndrome. Considering those with disabilities are shut away in that society this is no easy or small feat. Parents are told there is no place in society for children like theirs; children born with Down syndrome.

Connecting the Rainbow is going back to Bulgaria for another conference with the Down syndrome support group and need your help with sharing information for the parents there.

A book is being put together for the families. Pictures and stories are needed for this book. If you have a blog post about the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome - anything to encourage the families - or can write something for in an email - please email Angela at mom2mariah at gmail dot com (by the 16gh) with your information and the link to your blog post.

The ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for Reece's Rainbow to exist - because families will be keeping their children - but awareness needs to be made and attitudes need to change.

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1 comment:

Jody said...

This is a great story. For the past year I've been crying and smiling simultaneously watching generous Americans rescue these angelic children while at the same time PRAYING that these Eastern European folks would FINALLY get the hint and stop abandoning these angelic children. This is good news.