World Down Syndrome Day 2018
Today, Wednesday 21st March, is World Down Syndrome Day. #WDSD18 World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st of March every year.
Down’s Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition. Down’s syndrome usually occurs because of a chance happening at the time of conception.
A lady called Rebecca Carless, from Coventry in the UK, joined together with 49 other mothers from an online Down’s support group known as “Designer Genes“, to make a special video ahead of World Down’s Syndrome Day, celebrating children with Down’s syndrome. They made a carpool karaoke type lip sync video featuring those 50 mums and their children all singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”. #RebeccaCarless #wouldntchangeathing
The video was originally inspired by ‘Singing Hands‘ – a UK organisation whose videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton – which is a form of sign language (which you’ll see in the video) – and one close to my heart as Little Cobs, in his very early years, had a problem letting us know what it was he was trying to tell us, so we all made an effort to learn Makaton in order to help both him and us.
The mums all got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing“.
I’ve seen this video of the song many times over the past couple of days, and seen various snippets of it on news programmes, morning TV and afternoon TV, and I’ve sought out the video on YouTube in order to share it, – and every single time I’ve watched it, I’ve (without fail) dissolved into floods of tears. Not of sadness, but love and joy about how fabulous and wonderful those little dots of incredibleness truly are, and how much love and pride pours out of the mums who are singing and signing with their children.
I HAD to share this video with you. Get a tissue ready – I feel that you might need it. Please, please enjoy, … and do share it.
Sending my love and wishing you, and them, a truly blessed day.