And in some cases, that’s down to a lack of awareness or acceptance of our kids. So perhaps it’s fitting that there have been a variety of awareness events in the last month, here’s a few.
In March was World Down Syndrome Week which is orientated around World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March. The significance of the date 21/3 is to signify the additional 21st chromosome. As Sharon says on her post on Mummy’s Gin Fund ‘My kid has more chromosomes than your kid.’
Down Right Joy talks about the changing landscape for her family and daughter with Down’s Syndrome. Down in Front is grateful for those at the forefront of this change. As perhaps, Downs Side Up is one of those as she talks about what she brings to the community and why inclusion really matters.
When April hit so did autism awareness campaigns (various). There’s plenty of stats out there, people know autism exists – but they don’t always recognise it, know what to do or accept it.
To Aufinity and Beyond is fundraising for SPACE for WAAW and Starlight & Stories talks about her wish for the week too. Steph’s Two Girls has been helping those with a specific type of autism called PDA with some book suggestions and Starlightmckenzie produces a position statement on a well-known and often misunderstood therapy called ABA.
There are various opinions about the different campaigns and Spectrum Mum makes an interesting post about why she in fact is not joining in World Autism Awareness Week. But ultimately, like me and many others, she feels that bloggers are raising awareness in an important way through what they (we) do. And hopefully the more people that see autism for what it is, and indeed Down Syndrome, the more acceptance we will all have.
If there’s an awareness day you’d like me to highlight, do drop it into the comments below.