The following article, "Disability and the Special Prom," was posted today by my friend, Stephanie Holland, of "The Road We've Shared." Here's the link:
If you know of someone who has a loved one with Down syndrome, please, won't you take a moment to share?
Thanks Stephanie, I couldn't have said it better. Your brilliance and experience with your son reaches across the internet into so many hearts.
Note: Charley will be attending one of these Special Proms on February 21st.
As a mother of a young man with DS, I watch every day, how he wishes he could be a part of the world where dances are a rite of passage. But for people like Charley, the opportunities to socialize with people like him are sadly, limited. When he attends one of these proms, it's like his world opens up. Somehow the social schism of differentness narrows just enough to put him in an arena where he is able to be just like everyone else just by being himself. At the Special Prom he's not special needs. He's just Charley.
There's freedom in that. Freedom in being who you are.
For all who spend their time and money on providing my son with the time of his life, THANK YOU.
|Charley, getting ready to dance his feet off!|