Welcome to Charity hopping around the world!
Today I want to introduce you to a charity dedicated to promote and support the inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day, so this is the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about them. One of our boys has Down Syndrome and those charities are close to my heart.
My local charity
The German charity DS-Infocenter is a charity that has its office close to where we live, so I have been there a couple of times and Sean has been one of their poster boys for the Down Syndrome Day the last two years, so I know the people there and what they do on a personal level.
They have introduced regular consultation hours for children with Down Syndrome of up to four years at a local pediatric clinic to which people from far and wide are coming. They publish a magazine, organize regular events, like speeches by renowned experts on Down Syndrome, create information flyers for the public and much more.
The photo shooting where these pictures were taken was done at a very discounted price by Conny Wenk, a photographer who also has a child with Down Syndrome (btw, the cutest girl ever). In return we gave permission to use the photos to promote their cause. Imagine my surprise when a few months later I went to the hospital with Sean’s older brother and Sean looked down at us from a huge poster in the waiting area! I was so enthusiastic that I completely forgot about Corin’s broken wrist (for a few seconds).
Links to Down Syndrome charities in other countries
- Down Syndrome.com (general site about DS)
- European Down Syndrome Association
- National Down Syndrome Society (US)
- Down’s Syndrome Association (UK)
- Canadian Down Syndrome Society
- Down Syndrome SA (Australia)
- Yes we can (This 2 year EU project highlights the needs and possibilities for development of people with Down Syndrome Europe-wide)
- Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kinglsey (a short essay you can read for free on the net)
- Aussergewöhnlich by Conny Rapp (now Conny Wenk, the photographer I talked about earlier). A great book about mothers and her children with Down Syndrome. When we had Sean this was the best book to get. Nothing scientific, but heart warming, optimistic and uplifting.
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What am I giving away?
I am giving away a copy of The year my son and I were born by Kathryn Lynard Soper.
This is the blurb:
With six other children at home, Kathryn Lynard Soper was prepared for the challenges another newborn would bring. But after Thomas’s complicated birth, his diagnosis—Down syndrome—forced her to face her deepest fears and weaknesses, her ignorance and prejudice, and her limitations as a mother and as a human being. Her struggle, coupled with the demands of caring for a fragile baby and juggling her family’s needs, sparked the worst episode of depression she’d experienced in decades.
The Year My Son and I Were Born is Soper’s brutally honest yet beautiful account of how she escaped a downward spiral of despair and emerged with newfound peace. Antidepressant therapy restored her equilibrium, and interactions with friends and family brought needed perspective. But the most profound change came through her growing relationship with Thomas. His radiant presence shone through her outer layers of self, where fear and guilt festered, and reached the center of her very being—where love, acceptance, and gratitude blossomed in abundance.
I am ordering the book from The Book Depository for you, so the giveaway is open to all countries The Book Depository delivers to.
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