Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with many individuals with Down Syndrome and I have learned so much from them. Among the most important things is the fact that they are more like us than not. One young lady, Rachel, has found a special place in my heart. She and her mother are advocates of inclusion for individuals with Down Syndrome. Check out this video that Rachel was in:

Also, be sure to check out Rachel’s mom’s blog, The Sassy Southern Gal.

Thanks for reading!

~Rebecca

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Spread the Word to End the Word

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing national campaign meant to raise awareness about the harmful and dehumanizing effects of the word “retard(ed)”. The intent of the campaign is to encourage schools and communities to foster acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and to pledge to eliminate the r-word from everyday speech. The annual day of awareness is during the first week of March. However, people are encouraged to spread the word in their schools and communities throughout the year in hopes that the r-word will no longer be used inappropriately. I am excited to share how the high school I work in has promoted the campaign this past week. Check out these posters and a special video our students made! Join us in taking the pledge and encourage others to do the same!

If you would like to know more about the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, check out http://www.r-word.org

Thanks for reading!

~Rebecca