Winchester Public Library: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 4, 2021

October is Down syndrome awareness month and we would like to take the opportunity to appreciate all of the wonderful qualities that make every child unique. With that in mind, we reached out to one of our patrons, local writer Amy Moy, to set up a guest blog for us. Read on to learn a little more, in Amy’s own words, about the gifts and experiences parents have of a child with Down syndrome. Don’t miss our book list at the bottom of the page; it highlights Amy’s new book, as well as other resources celebrating disability pride.

October is Down syndrome awareness month and we would like to take the opportunity to appreciate all of the wonderful qualities that make every child unique. With that in mind, we reached out to one of our patrons, local writer Amy Moy, to set up a guest blog for us. Read on to learn a little more, in Amy’s own words, about the gifts and experiences parents have of a child with Down syndrome. Don’t miss our book list at the bottom of the page; it highlights Amy’s new book, as well as other resources celebrating disability pride.

While the initial prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was devastating, my husband and I quickly realized that our little girl was a gift and that she could still live an extraordinary life. Evie the Extraordinary’s life was just that. She brought us joy and has a positive effect on everyone she meets. We’re joking that she could become the mayor of her elementary school because everyone seems to know her! Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a great time to share with everyone that people with Down syndrome have so much to offer the world. Evie has been to the Jumbotron in Times Square, was in a film at the United Nations, has her own YouTube channel (Evie the Extraordinary) and has inspired me to write a book about inclusion! She showed me that there are no limits to her – she just needs an extra hand – or in the case of our new book, a fin – to be picked up. Having Evie as my daughter taught me how much people’s differences should be celebrated. If we teach our children to celebrate differences, the world will be a better place.

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