I’m embarrassed that I didn’t realize that today, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome is known to clinicians as “Trisomy 21,” because people with the syndrome have an extra twenty-first chromosome. Today, the 21st day of the month, reminds us of that fact.
Diversity is a hot topic in colleges and other institutions at the moment—and yes it IS about time that acknowledging and celebrating our differences moved to the head of the line. Even so, we tend to automatically head off to issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual preference as soon as someone drops the “D” word. Today offers us a chance to recognize and celebrate that diversity has many forms, and that not every difference is a disability. I hope you enjoy this short clip as much as I did.
Now, go enjoy your weekend as much as these beautiful people are clearly enjoying their lives.