What gets in the way of my son, who has Down syndrome, being accepted and included is often ignorance about children with disabilities, along with misplaced pity and fear. What I wish others understood about my son would make a real difference in his life.
The two most common descriptors of children with Down syndrome I hear are "happy" and "stubborn." Sure, my son can be both of these, as I can be and really every human being on earth can be. I don't find him to be more of those things over anything else.