Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
“We’re all different. And we think that’s beautiful.”
If you agree with that statement (and we’re guessing you do!), then you’ll appreciate the “Everybody Plays” campaign from Infantino and Step2, the companies whose baby and kid products you’re sure to have in your home. Everybody Plays promotes acceptance and inclusion for all children, everywhere, and is supported by the National Down Syndrome Society.
Today, as part of the campaign, the companies have kicked off a casting call for kids ages 3 months to 5 years of all backgrounds and abilities. Fifty lucky winners will be invited to take part in a two-day photo shoot with author/photojournalist—and friend of Parents—Kelle Hampton for an upcoming ad campaign. Infantino and Step2 will award an additional grand prize-winning family an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to join the other winners for the photo shoot in September.
Infantino brand manager Colette Cosky and Kelle Hampton are both proud mothers of children with Down syndrome. Colette guest-blogged for us a few months back, describing her wishes for her son, Dexter. And Kelle, creator of the wildly popular blog “Enjoying The Small Things”, appeared in Parents back in 2010 when she shared the incredibly moving story of the birth of her daughter, Nella.
Think your child could be the next face of Infantino and Step2? Check out the official rules and fill out the entry form at the Everybody Plays Facebook Page. Good luck!
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Next month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and to help celebrate, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) will hold Buddy Walks in more than 250 communities around the country. The goals of the Buddy Walks are to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for local programs. This Saturday, September 24, my uncle, Chris Burke, will attend New York City’s Buddy Walk in Central Park.
Chris is best known for playing Corky on the TV show “Life Goes On” from 1989-1993. Since then, he’s made lots of TV appearances, traveled around the world speaking to families, and since 1994 he’s served as NDSS’ Goodwill Ambassador. (Chris is a big part of why I feel so strongly about people misusing the word “retarded.”) That’s us in the picture, with his mom and my grandmother, taken during one of our many vacations together. This one was in Key West when I was about 6 and Chris was probably 13.
NDSS has a cool program called My Great Story, which honors those who have Down syndrome by sharing stories that highlight their achievements. I was touched that Chris chose to write about his dad (my grandfather); I also love the story NDSS founder Betsy Goodwin wrote about her daughter, Carson, otherwise known as “The Mayor of Main Street.” Carson works as a greeter at Sephora and sometimes Betsy will park outside the store to watch the reactions of the customers as they come and go. She loves to see how many of them leave smiling: “If I had been told 30 years ago that my new baby would spread so much good will, it would have made those difficult first months a little easier,” she writes. “But then, of course, one never knows what each baby’s particular gifts will be. We only know that each will have some.”
To participate in a Buddy Walk near you—and by the way, you don’t need to know someone with Down syndrome to walk—click here. Take a few minutes to be inspired by the loving entries in My Great Story. And if you do have a loved one with Down syndrome, share a story of your own.
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