Tuesday, October 17, 2006

If People with Down Syndrome Ruled The World

I came across this link in my favorites. I got it from a list I belong to and I don’t believe I have ever shared it here. It is from the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) and a presentation called If People with Down Syndrome Ruled the World. I love it! It is too long to quote all of it but the following is one of my favorite quotes from that presentation:

“All people would be encouraged to develop and use their gifts for helping:

In our world, too often people with Down syndrome are “DONE FOR” by others, when in fact they are great givers. If they ran the world, their ability to minister to others would not be wasted.”

I talk a lot more about Autism because it seems to impact Billy Ray much more than Down syndrome. However, he does have the dual-diagnosis. In some ways the sweetness, albeit occasional stubbornness, he experiences with Down syndrome is a reward for dealing with the more complicated things he has to deal with.

The above quote reminds me a great deal of Billy Ray’s desire to serve others. He wants to bring coffee to guests, etc. He is not steady enough to carry a full cup of coffee to someone but I pour a little coffee in a cup and follow him with the coffee pot. After he presents guests with their coffee I add more to the cup. It thrills him to do that.

Until next time,
Peggy Lou Morgan
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Lora said...

What a great list that is, thanks for sharing it. How is Billy Ray and how did the interviews go? I am always thinking of the two of you and hope that all is well with you. Much love & hugs!

Ivey Elizabeth Sirmans said...

I love this. Many great quotes. My daughter does not have Downs, but she does have a deletion to her 21st chromosome. Life does have a different outlook from her perspective.

Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Thank you...they should rule the world.