Every year the 21st March marks World Down Syndrome Day. The date signifying 3 chromosones on the 21st set.
SOME IDEAS ON HOW YOU CAN RAISE AWARENESS DURING MARCH
We would like to encourage the schools we have supported to have a go at raising awareness of Down syndrome and the work of our charity this month. Some suggestions are:
Organise a little fundraising event; bun sales are always favourites
Watch and share our new promotional video http://vimeo.com/256756359’
Consider asking us to do an assembly on Down syndrome - we have a number booked for next week .
Visit and share the link to our brand new website
ATTITUDES and INCLUSION
How we refer to children affects the way they are perceived. By talking about “children with Down syndrome” rather than a “Down’s child”, “Down syndrome child” helps us to see the child rather than the condition. All children are children first and foremost,
whatever their ability. Using positive language influences attitudes. People’s attitudes and their willingness to accept children and people, whatever their ability is crucial to inclusion.
Through the years there have been many words used to label children with Down syndrome – all negative. In some schools in Ontario, Canada, where children of all abilities have been included in mainstream schools since 1969, terminology is very positive. Any
child who needs a modified curriculum, whether because they are gifted or have a learning disability are referred to as EXCEPTIONAL because they are the exception to the typical child. This is a wonderfully positive term that does not distinguish between
abilities and promotes a positive attitude.
Inclusion comes down to ATTITUDE, to be able to think outside the box, to be open to new ideas and change, to be flexible and ready to modify. Attitude is key. It can be a barrier to good inclusion or it can be a driving force that makes inclusion work.