Friday, October 5, 2007

Did you know...

Get It Down; 31 for 21

One in every 733 babies born in the U.S. has Down syndrome. The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 56 today. In that same span of time, advancements in education, research and advocacy have had a tremendous impact on the opportunities that individuals with Down syndrome have to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Today, many people with Down syndrome:
~Attend neighborhood schools and learn in typical classes alongside their peers without disabilities.
~Graduate from high school and go to college.
~Comprise a vibrant part of the American workforce.
~Actively participate in the social and recreational aspects of their communities.
~Live independently, make their own choices, and advocate for their rights.

What would happen if people with Down syndrome ruled the world?
If people with Down syndrome ruled the world:

Affection, hugging and caring for others would make a big comeback.

All people would be encouraged to develop and use their gifts for helping others.

People would be refreshingly honest and genuine.

People engaged in self talk would be considered thoughtful and creative. Self talk rooms would be reserved in offices and libraries to encourage this practice.

The words “hurry” and “fast” would be not be uttered in polite society. “Plenty of time” would take their place.

If only we could all love life so much that we could enjoy the simple things!!! Gabi sure taught me a thing or two...Thanks baby girl! Mommy misses you more and more everyday, I love you punky...XOXO


Angela said...

We don't know each other, but we both know the Guddes. What you are doing is amazing and inspiring!
Love & Prayers,
Angela (the Solomons in SE KS)

The Bryant Family said...

I think I met you and your husband and your adorable daughter at a New parent breakfast at the DSG in Overland Park months back. I am Tucker's mom. I just recently got hooked up on your blog. You are an amazing women and you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Amy Flege said...

Micah.. thank you so much for advocating for our sweeties...hugs to you!