Ending on Another (More Important) Up Note

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.

3 comments on “Ending on Another (More Important) Up Note

  1. kencasey99 says:

    One of my heroes is Jean Vanier; I believe he will one day soon be made a saint (he will have to die first according to canon law before he is eligible for sainthood). He is the founder of L’Arche communities which are spreading across the world. Henri Nouwen, also one of my heroes was profoundly changed by living at a L’Arche community and befriending and living with people with mental disabilities and Down’s.

    Interview with Jean Vanier


    Larche in USA website


    Thanks Karen for reminding us of the day!!!

    • Karen Dougherty says:

      Henri Nouwen is one of my heroes, too, Ken. I first became aware of him through a devotional book I used that featured excerpts from his writing. That interest led me to Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J. M. Nouwen by Michael Ford. Ford’s book discussed Nouwen’s work at the L’Arche community in some detail. I appreciated the frank assessment of the spiritual and emotional challenges that Nouwen faced in his work there.

  2. Ed says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

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