I know this has made the Facebook/blog rounds a few times already in recent weeks, but I only just yesterday finally had the chance to view it. Beautifully, beautifully done, a little uncomfortable when discussing some of the issues people with Down syndrome can have (especially when they're spoken about by their "typical" friends - hugging, memory issues, leaving the gen-ed class for resource time, sleepiness?), brought tears to my eyes.
I wish there was some way I could reach each and every person on the planet without the connection to someone with Down syndrome and have them watch this - it should be compulsory in schools for students and teachers alike.
Have any of you ever had luck in introducing something like this into your child's school's mandatory viewing? Morning video? Assembly? Have any of you approached your child's school with this video? Do you plan to? Are schools even allowed to do that? Have you shown this to your child with Down syndrome? If so, what did they think? Was this before or after you began talking to them about Down syndrome?
I've been talking to Samantha more and more about it lately, and think this may be on the view-list pretty soon. Self-awareness was one of my biggest questions when she was born - would she ever recognize that she was different? Would she understand what Down syndrome is? I know with absolute certainty that she will, and I'd like to raise her own self-awareness before someone else beats me to it.
If you are reading this and not connected to the Down syndrome community (other than by association with us!), would you please consider sharing this video in some way? The more people who can view this the better, helping to enrich the lives and social interactions of people with Down syndrome, of all ages, everywhere.