Our Lives are Worth Living
By Nicole Flynn, Associate Consultant
How many chromosomes do you have?
Most people are aware that a person who has Down syndrome has a different number of chromosomes than the average person. What people may not know is that there are three types of chromosomal arrangements referred to as Down syndrome. One type is Translocation, where a part of an extra 21st chromosome has attached to another chromosome. Another type is Mosaicism, where a person has part of an extra 21st chromosome in some cells of their body. Whereas, the most common arrangement, Trisomy 21, is a grouping of three of the 21st chromosomes in every cell of the person’s body.
March 21st is World Down syndrome Day, the 21st day of the third month, just like the three number 21 chromosomes. A day when we celebrate and recognize people who have Down syndrome. Our lives are worth living, we bring diverse perspectives and creative ideas to life. We ask you to stand with us, questioning and challenging decision makers. We are persistent in our fight to be included in our communities, achieving our goals, demonstrating our actions, and living our dreams.
People who have Down syndrome are able to achieve an education, obtain and maintain employment, and participate in their community. Supporting and including people who have a different learning style is beneficial to communities and organizations. When everyone is gathered at the table there is a collaborative sharing of ideas and creative insights.
Adults who have Down syndrome are autonomous, able to make their own decisions and be in control of their own lives. It is the author’s suggestion to not rely on algorithms to identify a person’s ability, but get to know them by talking to them. Listen and learn to find out their needs. Ask questions, don’t assume help is needed. Be a fly on the wall cheering them on. If you do not understand what someone is saying, ask them to repeat it. Show someone how to take small steps to accomplish a bigger goal, let them try, make mistakes, and learn. You will learn too.
To make a change in the world, be inclusive, keep you mind open, restrain your attitude, and demonstrate acceptance. Make friends with a person who has Down syndrome, broaden your relationships, and expand your network. You might see your life changed by bringing a smile to someone else.
People who have Down syndrome have a different chromosomal arrangement. Now, the question is, how many chromosomes do you have?
Are you sure?
Nicole Flynn is from the rural area of Centre Hastings, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Loyalist College General Arts and Science diploma program (not modified). Nicole is an entrepreneur, an Associate Consultant with People Minded Business Inc. (PMB), and an international medalist in three sports. She is a global citizen who believes in freedom, power, and prosperity for everyone.
Nicole’s goal is to experience and learn more about what is happening around the world and to share her knowledge with others. It is her hope that by reading Nicole’s Notes, people will broaden their perspective, re-evaluate their assumptions and attitudes, and bring their creative ideas and inputs to the table.