Our Sibling series continues with a post from counselor Laura Grow:
“My brother Kevin was born when I was 5, so he has played an integral part in shaping the person who I have become. However, I have come to realize that not everyone has grown up with the opportunity to experience the type of journey that Kevin has brought our family on for the past 19 years. Down syndrome awareness allows those without these experiences to learn that people with Down syndrome are not different from everyone else. They have dreams, desires, and needs. They want to have meaningful friendships and to accomplish goals. They want acceptance just like everyone else.
In the past year, Kevin has accomplished 2 of his biggest goals - playing for the Harlem Globetrotters and graduating from high school. Having the community support him and rally around his successes made these moments even more special for Kevin. Down syndrome awareness is important because it helps to celebrate the unique gifts that the Down syndrome community has to offer everyone.”