What’s one thing you wish people knew about Down syndrome?
We asked our Mighty community this question, and they came through with powerful insights. Watch their awesome responses in the video above or read their answers below. You may learn a thing or two — we sure did.
We want people to know that individuals living with Down syndrome have the same hopes, dreams and aspirations for independence and employment that everyone else has.
Jamie Brewer, actress:
We can do everything you can do. We are active, social and creative. Just like you.
My sister rocks her extra chromosome.
Down syndrome has a way of changing both people and families for the better.
If I can remember 130 lines for my part in the movie, then can’t you see my abilities, not my disabilities?
Down syndrome does not define my son. He loves basketball, he’s good at math and spelling, and he plays too much Xbox. He also happens to have Down syndrome.
Anne Grunsted with wife, Valerie, and son, Bobby:
People with Down syndrome have their own unique personalities just like everyone else. Our son is silly, sweet and a huge ham for the camera.
Carole Janine Guess, National Down Syndrome Congress Board:
Down syndrome will not determine what my child will be when he grows up. He will.
Madra: Down syndrome is one thing. Marcus is everything.
Marcus [singing]: I want to thank you for letting me be myself…again. – from Sly & the Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”
Sara Weir, President of the National Down Syndrome Society:
In 2015, people with Down syndrome are going to college, working, getting married and living independently. But as a national advocate for people with Down syndrome, we have so much more to accomplish.
[My daughter] is awesome. There is nothing we would change about her, and there is no way our family could be complete without her.
Thank you to our contributors, and Dalton for the music!