November 16, 2012
I am the care-giver of Max, a young child who has Mosaic Down Syndrome. We learned of Alexander's Angels several years ago and our circle of extended family and friends love getting involved with the Buddy Walk. It is refreshing to see such a large, enthusiastic turnout for this wonderful event. While this event is continually a success in raising money for research, services and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome, it is especially noteworthy how much Alexander's Angels is devoted to truly highlighting the unique talents and abilities of people with Down Syndrome. It focuses on their wonderful ABILITIES rather than focusing on their disabilities.
This is so important to me because when I look at this small child, I don't see a child with disabilities. Max is only five years old, but he is a caring, funny, energetic and extremely charming child. I love watching him grow and know he will do exceptional things. Of course, you hope this for every child, but knowing what Max will eventually excel with is more of a guessing game.
Another program Alexander's Angels provides, which I have a particular love for as a photography enthusiast, is 'DOWNrightART,' which is an exhibition of the creative works of artists with Down syndrome. Seeing some of the pieces on display at the Buddy Walk led me to peruse the internet looking at photography by people with Down Syndrome and what I found was incredible. My point here is that it was stand-alone, wonderful photography and became irrelevant that the artist had a 'disability,' because of their wonderful ABILITY. I don't know what sort of interests and talents Max will consider or develop as a young man; perhaps photography or another medium of art won't be his thing…but he will find something and I have no doubt he will be incredible at it.
That is what Alexander's Angels is all about -- looking past the surface and embracing the individual.
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