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Originally published on October 11, 2021. Updated on October 10, 2023.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All month, we are celebrating people with Down Syndrome. My daughter has Down Syndrome, so I am going to share a few tidbits about her.
- My daughter is a Senior this year! Woo-hoo! Class of 2024!
- My daughter likes to dance. She is still cheering with the cheer team at Apex Cheer. The team is specifically for people with special needs.
- She is still taking dance at high school this year. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before!
- She loves her big brother and has picked up a lot of his habits.
- She participates in programs at GiGi’s Playhouse, the Down Syndrome Achievement Center.
- She likes to walk our next-door neighbor’s dog. She hadn’t been able to do that often, but the neighbor and my daughter are getting back into a schedule.
- She has joined the Run Thru Crew at school. These are the kids who create the signs that the football or basketball team burst through when the team enters the field or court. She helps with painting the signs. She seems to find it fun.
- We would still love for her to attend a specialized college program after she gets out of high school. We are slowly working towards that goal. The location of the program will probably be local if we go that way.
- She isn’t sure what she wants to do in the future, but she thinks it will have something to do with food. Unless she ends up working for her brother one day.
Our daughter is such a joy even though she is a teenager — just kidding about the teenager part (kind of). We are looking forward to seeing what she does in the future.
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