Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday



(Okay, a few words are in order. I found this video ("Difference is an Artist's Game")on About.com: Special Needs Children's website. It's a sister's view of Down syndrome - her "take on society's labels and stereotypes.")

Maureen

15 comments:

Pierre said...

WOW! Thanks for introducing fans of this blog to Clara Sigmon’s philosophical insight into the virtues of her brother David … a profound and lyrical tour de force.

As Clara shares how she sees her brother, her turns of phrase, are captivating … and well understood by those of us that have been blessed to know individuals with Down syndrome:

“imagine it as meeting the most loving and carefree person in the universe” and,

“the brilliant hues and light that radiate from his very being” and,

my favourite, “The Ultimate Artist Handbook states that we are all created in His image … when you judge … you are only judging yourself and God.”

Bravo Clara Sigmon! Kudos to this always educational, fabulous blog!

Ron Cooper said...

Hi Maureen,

Love your site. I work as commun. director for an agency serving adults with developmental disabilities. Keep shedding light on not disabilities, but abilities!

Maureen Lee said...

Pierre, like you I was in awe of Clara Sigmon's essay on what it is like to live with a Down syndrome sibling. Her take on what each of us brings to the canvas of life, especially "the most loving and carefree people in the universe", was profound, and begs the question: Imagine if this video were shown in every school across the country?

Maureen Lee said...

Thanks for visiting our blog, Ron. I appreciate your feedback, as focusing on the abilities of the developmentally disabled has always been the intent of Just Show Up. We will certainly keep on shedding light on the gifts they bring to the larger community! :)

Pam said...

This is so interesting. My seventeen year old works with autistic/special needs kids in hippotherapy. I once taught special needs.

Maureen Lee said...

You and your daughter would be fully aware, then, that "difference is an artist's game". Btw, the pictures of your daughter on your blog are wonderful, and reminded me of when my own daughters were that age! :)

Carolee / Home4ever said...

Wow! That was powerful!

I did a short internship in high school working with children with Downs Syndrome.

I agree there are many misconceptions regarding those with Downs Syndrome.

Simply Stacie said...

Following you from FFF on MBC!

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JaelCustomDesigns said...

Following you from MBC (FFF Group)
You can find me at
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MelissaAggie98 said...

Congratulations! I just awarded you the "Honest Scrap" award. Stop by if you get a chance and check it out! Have a great day!

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J. L. W. said...

What an amazing video. This was a beautiful tribute to her brother. Following from MBC.
http://thepracticalmomguide.blogspot.com

Veronica Lee said...

That was an amazing video. Thanks for sharing this.

Hi and welcome to the FFF Club!

Maureen Lee said...

Thanks, Carolee, Stacie, Jael Custom Designs, Melissa, JLW, and Veronica for visiting our blog - I appreciate your feedback, as well.

Thanks, Melissa, for the "Honest Scrap" award! :)

parenting ad absurdum said...

Hi Maureen - what an amazing site, post and attitude you have. I love your pay it forward post - it reminded me of the resolution I made a while ago to do something every day for someone else - and then of course forgot about. You've inspired me to jump back on!

MBC FFF

Maureen Lee said...

Thank you, Peryl, for your kind words. I'm glad that my post on paying it forward inspired you - it's something I need to remind myself of every day! :) Your recent post on your grandmother is a poignant tribute to her, and your 2-yr-old's response to hearing the news about her was just what you needed. Out of the mouths of babes!

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