I admit that I am quite new to the world of advocating for persons with disabilities. However, as many mothers of children with Down syndrome, I find that I must be a voice for my child, who cannot speak for himself.
Matthew is 11 months old now, but we have really only dealt with his Down syndrome for a couple of those months. When he was expected to die, that was all that mattered, and we really didn’t think of the Down syndrome very much, except as it pertained to his medical issues. It wasn’t until after Matthew’s heart surgery, when we were home, settled, and recovered, that we really started to think about what it means to raise a child with Down syndrome. What did we need to know in order to be the best parents we could be for Matthew? What did we need to do to address his “special needs?” It was at this point that we met Libby, a mom who had already fully embraced this aspect of her life and become quite an advocate for her little Charlie. She has much to teach us.
It has come to my attention that a new summer comedy movie, “Tropic Thunder,” needs some advocates to speak up against it. I know very, very little about the movie except that its content and language is very offensive to persons with disabilities. Libby wrote a very good post titled “Think about it” regarding this, and I recommend you read it as she knows much more than I do in this area.
There was also a good article, “What ‘Tropic Thunder’ Thinks is Funny” by Timothy Shriver in the Washington Post on Monday.
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We received an email from another great advocate for those with Down Syndrome, Sandra McElwee, asking for support of the “We’re More Alike Than Different” campaign. This campaign needs support, and is a candidate to receive much-needed financial support from American Express. But, it needs your vote! To vote for the campaign, please go to:
If you are not an American Express member, you can sign in as a guest and still vote. If the campaign makes it to the top 25, it will need your vote again. Then, if it makes it to the top 5, please vote once more!
Advocates CAN make a difference. When people started to speak up, Paramount/Dreamworks altered the movie trailer for “Tropic Thunder” which originally started, “Once there was a retard . . . ” and pulled their promotional t-shirts which sported the phrase, “Go Full Retard.” Honestly. Please do not support this movie!