This is a post by Amy Julia Becker, author of multiple books including A Good and Perfect Gift
October is Down Syndrome Acceptance Month in the United States.
I’ve created an eBook called “Missing Out on Beautiful: 7 Essays about Raising a Child with Down Syndrome” as my way of helping to raise awareness about this genetic condition. The eBook is FREE and will be sent directly to your inbox if you go to http://amyjuliabecker.com/
The book compiles six essays I’ve written over the years as well as new material, including an interview with Penny herself. It is filled with beautiful photos. And yes, it is great for people with children with special needs. But these essays are for all of us because they are reflections on where we find meaning and purpose in life, how we understand value, how children help us grow up, and what it means to base life on love instead of achievement.
As Penny herself says, “Don’t be scared because your child’s life could be easier than expected. My life is filled with caring, loving people and joyful happiness.”
Meriah is the deaf, single mom of 3 kids (one gifted 2E, one with Down syndrome). A longtime career counselor, teacher and disability advocate, she loves helping to create community and empower parents, people with disabilities (and of course, parents with disabilities).