There are a couple of slogans, if you will, that I’ve seen floating around since I became immersed in the world of Down syndrome advocacy:
This one is very popular, and while I get the point, I’m not particularly a fan of it. I know the message it’s trying to get across is “Hey, don’t be afraid of Down syndrome! People with Down syndrome are people, too, just like you.” And I’m down with that, I am. But – and this harkens back to the very first time I saw it, so it’s not been the result of a lot of deep analysis on my part – what I really feel like it’s saying is “Alikeness, good. Difference, bad.” And to me, that misses the whole point of the message of tolerance and acceptance and compassion.
Here’s another one:
Different isn’t bad. It’s just different. And diversity makes the world so much more of an interesting place, don’t you think?