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People with Down syndrome share one thing they each wish people understood about Down syndrome.


What is the one thing you wish people knew about Down syndrome? 

“Hi, my name is Katie and this is my daughter Grace, right?”


“And 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 does.”

“Hey! We can do whatever you can do. We are active, social, and creative just like you.”

“Down syndrome has a unique way of changing both people and families for the better.”

“That my sister rocks her extra chromosome.”

“If I can remember one hundred and thirty 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.”

“People with Down syndrome have their own unique personalities just like everyone else. Our son is silly and sweet, and a huge ham for the camera.”

“Down syndrome will not determine what my child will be when he grows up, he will.”

“Down syndrome is only one thing, Marcus is everything.”

“Thank you for letting me be myself…again”

“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.”

“She is awesome, there is nothing we would change about her and there is no way our family could be complete without her.”

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Originally published: March 21, 2015
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