Six Great Kid's Books to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day, and people all over the world are coming together to raise awareness for Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome has long been a difficult and even taboo subject, but initiatives like World Down Syndrome Day hope to bring light to the area, highlighting the real struggles but also the happiness that comes from embracing Down Syndrome in our culture.
The events today hope to raise awareness to help increase funding into medical research and providing support for people with Down Syndrome. But on a wider level they also hope to be a catalyst for a change in attitudes. Many parents of children with Down Syndrome say that when they received the diagnosis, it was delivered with an apology, and as something to be avoided. However, more and more parents are coming forward to share their stories of caring for children with Down Syndrome, to show that they, their children, and their wider families have wonderfully rewarding and joyful lives.
This year has seen a big movement under the banner of #wouldntchangeathing which encapsulates this joyful approach Down Syndrome.
Having a child with Down Syndrome has always been both full of struggle and joy, but now more than ever, with medical and lifestyle support, we have an opportunity to cherish and embrace those born with the syndrome.
Here are six great books for children to help them understand Down Syndrome and what it means to have it. These books hope to help children interact with, and understand anyone they might meet with Down Syndrome. Some of the books are specifically aimed at siblings, while others look at classmates and friends, or even just a general look at the many different types of people there are in the world. These books are fun and upbeat, encouraging children to accept others, and themselves.
Image courtesy of Global Down Syndrome Foundation.