The National Down Syndrome Congress—And Its Amazing Guest Stars

I am madly in love with the family who created the below video, The Wrights, not to mention the message they’re spreading. Parents Amy and Ben have four children; their youngest—Beau, 7, and Bitty, 2—have Down syndrome. As Amy says, “Since their arrival, we have made it our mission to advocate for people with intellectual disabilities and to help spread a message of inclusion and acceptance.”

Many have spoken out against the use of the word “retard,” but loving videos like this (not to mention a self-composed song!) do an incredible job of spreading the word to end the word.  Amy wrote “It Starts With A Voice,” and that’s Ben singing it. Proceeds from sales of the song, available on iTunes, benefit The Special Olympics. They will be performing it at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, happening next week in Washington, D.C., from July 19 to July 22. It’s the NDSC’s 40th convention, and in celebration the organization will be live-streaming 17 workshops and sessions for those unable to attend. You can read more about it and register (free) here.

I have a feeling The Wrights will be getting a standing ovation.

As Amy has said, “I am so passionate about spreading this message that I can’t sleep at night. I think, ‘What else can I do? How can I make the world a better place for my children and for all the others I love?’”



From my other blog:

Would you call my child a retard?

If you ask people not to use the word “retard”

Haters gonna hate and this blogger’s gonna pity

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  1. by Kathryn

    On July 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    wow just wow spine chilling beautiful already downloaded my inspiring copy

  2. by Anna T

    On July 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

    As the mommy of a 2 1/2 year old with Down Syndrome I also advocate to end the “R” word and I’m looking forward to the conference!