Yesterday I received an email alert that brought up a discussion of Down
The responders of this debate come from all sides. The one question that
struck me hard was "Does a person with Down syndrome really suffer in
My answer is 'yes', but not the way most people who do not have a child with
Down syndrome or mosaic Down syndrome think.
A person with Down syndrome or mosaic Down syndrome does suffer.
They suffer from ignorance.
Not their own-But the world's.
They suffer from discrimination.
Not because they can not discriminate the differences between others-But
because the world discriminates against them.
They suffer from communication problems.
Not because they can not communicate- But because the world will not listen
and communicate with them.
They suffer from misunderstanding.
Not because they don't understand-But because the world refuses to
They suffer from learning problems.
Not because they can not learn-But because the world believes they are not
They suffer from the inability to make friendships.
Not because they are unable to be a friend-But because the world teaches
their children to not associate with them.
Do people with Down syndrome suffer? Yes, unfortunately they do. But only
because the world sees them as so incredibly different from themselves.
If the world would stop and get to know-really know-someone with Down
syndrome, they they would realize that they are no different than anyone
Some may talk a little different, but that doesn't mean they don't know what
they are saying! It just means they have trouble forming the words.
Some may learn a little different, but that doesn't mean they can not learn!
It means that like every single other person in the world, they learn at
their own pace.
Some may look a little different, but that doesn't mean something is "wrong"
with them. Even identical twins look a little different from one another.
My son has mosaic Down syndrome.
He is 22 years old.
He likes RPG video games.
He likes YouTube.
He likes horror movies.
He LOVES girls.
He plans to have a family.
He plans to have a career in computer graphics.
He is a great writer and hopes to be published one day.
He wants to travel.
He would love to go to Japan.
He likes hanging out with his friends.
How different is he really to any other 22 year old?
This goes back to my statement years ago that became my Trademark:
The Only Handicap A Person Has Are The People Around Them!
The only thing people with Down syndrome or mosaic Down syndrome suffer from
are the people in the world who do not believe they should be here in the