Yesterday, my sister, Sarah and I had the opportunity to speak to a group of third grade students at St. Thomas Aquinas grade school. We were asked to share our thoughts and experiences on the differences we all have. We also educated the 8 and 9 years old students on what Down syndrome is and some characteristics of Down syndrome. A couple of them knew someone with Down syndrome. Most did not and were curious to how this made Sarah unique. Through questions that we asked the class, we concluded that there were aspects to each of our lives that make us unique. Being different is something to be proud of. Our differences are what make friendships and life interesting.
Sarah was a little nervous about being the focus of attention to a brand-new classroom and said she would feel more comfortable making a video for the class to watch. I asked her what were some things that she would like people to know about her. As she shared what she was proud of, I took notes. When I asked her what she wanted people to know about Down syndrome, she replied without hesitation- “I’m just like everyone else.”
We are all unique and different in our own way.
Next week I’ll share more about the Joseph Maley Foundation and how they promote disability awareness throughout the community. Until then, here is the video that we shared with the class- giving you a glimpse into Sarah’s life and what makes her special.