It came across my FB stream via my friend Michelle.
I’ve always known that language shapes perception. That is why I fight so hard against the use of the r-word.
But this, this never even made my radar. Maybe it’s because I don’t focus on the Down syndrome as much as I do about the whole keeping a kid alive thing.
A quote by Rose Mordi, Nigeria at the UN conference on World Down Syndrome Day:
“Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosome arrangement that has always been part of the human condition.”
…..naturally occurring. Not an abnormality. Not a disorder. Not ‘What’s wrong with him?” Not a 90% abortion rate.
I have a naturally occurring chromosome arrangement that has always been part of the human condition. My life has just as much value as any other, including yours.
Can you imagine a doctor walking in and saying, “Your baby has Down syndrome. Don’t worry though. Children have been born with Down syndrome since the beginning of time. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosome arrangement that has always been part of the human condition. Your child will be blessed to be a member of an amazing population of people that make this world a better place to live in.”
Something as simple as the language we use could change the perception of how the world views my child and so many other children.
What a wonderful, wonderful world it would be.