AWARENESS WEEK #3

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Down’s Syndrome does not discriminate.
We are all born without prejudice. One thing I have noticed about very young children is that, presented with an unfamiliar person or situation, they seem to look for something recognisable to help them make sense of what they do not yet understand. Thus, if Freddie sees a man with white hair and beard then, no matter what the man’s skin colour, style of dress, or how many arms and legs he has, Freddie will interpret him as a ‘Grandad’. He focuses on the similarities and not the differences. Small children see the world through eyes unclouded by acquired prejudices, which is why, in thought and word, they so often cut right to the heart of the matter … and the person.
I hope Freddie will always retain this ability. What a pity so many of us lose it.

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