I don’t know how many of you are aware of it, but today is Down Syndrome Awareness Day. During my many years as a teacher, it has been my pleasure to teach students of all ages and abilities. But I have to say, that the students I’ve taught who have special physical and developmental needs have a soft spot in my heart. Sometimes, I wonder how so much sweetness and love can be contained in such fragile little bodies.
That’s why, on their behalf, I’d like to ask a favor. Somehow, in our American culture, some people have decided that it’s acceptable to use the “R” word in casual conversation–usually as a pejorative comment. As a teacher, I’ve seen the unkind practice rising among our teenagers in the last year or two. Please, please…if you have children or work with young people, give them a head’s up that the “R” word is no more acceptable than any other racial or negative slur. My sweet little friends at school would thank you for your help.
For more information on Down Syndrome Awareness Day, check out #lots of socks on twitter, or go to this link: https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks