Today is World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome.
The past few years the CoorDown organization from Italy has produced some great PSAs for WDSD, and the one for this year doesn't disappoint.
It's about describing people with disabilities as having "special needs" - and although I have, and do, use that description, I haven't always felt comfortable with it. There's a nagging feeling in the back of my head when I say "special needs" ... which I blogged about 5 years ago in "That Word Special."
I was glad to see CoorDown put a video out that mirrors my thoughts: Not Special Needs, Human Needs. Kayla doesn't have special needs - she has human needs.
And another note on World Down Syndrome Day - as in years past, all donations made today to LuMind RDS will be matched 3:1. How great is that? A $25 donation will be matched with $75 turning that donation into $100.
In more news - Lucas is following in Joe's running shoes. He's running his first 10K in the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 1st. And just like Joe, Lucas is representing LuMind and raising money for Down syndrome research. If you're able to support him in reaching his goal he would really appreciate it! Any donation made today through his Crowdrise page will also be matched 3:1 as the donation goes to LuMind. Thanks for any support!