Hey! I got to give my talk about Down syndrome at the Copper Harbor school this week. It felt great!
I held the students' interest for the most part. And the teachers learned some new things too!
But the most surprising part to me was this: After I asked all the students what they were born with that makes them different from most people, I asked if they knew what makes Braeden different.
None of them knew.
None of them knew!
Either they were being shy, their parents never told them, they forgot or they just really didn't notice. For some reason, I thought that at least one of the students already knew. But they didn't notice my little boy was different than them.
Then we got a little sciency and talked about chromosomes. We got a little serious as I talked about his heart surgery. We got a little giggly when I told them that sometimes his body feels like a wet noodle.
I think a few things clicked for them. Like when I told him why he still drools and why he doesn't talk yet. And how they already know he is a cool kid and loves to have friends like they do.
The students have always been nice to him, but I think that now they have a little more understanding about some of the differences they subconsciously noticed.
Like I said before, I am not just trying to promote acceptance for my son. I want to promote it for every decent human being on this planet. Because we are here for a reason, and the more we are understood, accepted and loved, the more we can thrive in that direction.
I look forward to doing these talks more and more. I'll be looking for venues in the future. If you have an idea for me, please let me know!