Happy World Down Syndrome Day 2020 everyone.!!! I can certainly say that we are not celebrating the way we had expected but I am sure that we are all doing what we can, in our own way.
Under today’s circumstances, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day than to officially launch Sevi’s Smile online services, as a way to support people with Down syndrome and other learning challenges, their parents and caregivers and, even in these uncertain times, their educators.
I have been absolutely blessed and humbled by the response we have received on our soft launch, and cannot wait to connect with you as we take our support out into the world in a more public way.
Today- Sevi had been planning to speak at a local conference for families of children with various disabilities. As we reflected on the opportunity that was before us we could not think of a more perfect way to celebrate WDSD2020.
The reality is that our plans are not possible. So much of what we face today is overwhelming and out of our control, but we are not swayed. We are still taking the message of positivity and possibility out into the virtual world- and we hope you will join us.
In the meantime- let us know how you are celebrating WDSD2020. We are using this time to make connections and reaching out to people we have not spoken to in too long and not letting another minute pass.
Sending virtual hugs and encouragement to you all.
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and that may be true, but in this case it took a village to make this website a reality. I have been known to say, "I know what I have." That is true for my children and for myself. I know where my strengths are and I know where they are not, and I can tell you, they are not in creating a website.
As I look back, there have been countless people who have come into my life at the right moment. Those people who show me, in a nanosecond, that I have shifted off my path, and support me in getting back on. Creating this website was not one of those moments. Instead, more than one amazing person came into my life, along the way, to share ideas, encouragement, support, knowledge, and resources, but in the end, they let me be, and let me know it was mine to do.
It has taken a lot of time, reflection, and learning new skills, but I have done it, and now that I have I am excited to see where this may travel to.
In the meantime, I share this photo with you all. This is symbolic of the village I want to live in, someday. It is full of people who care about each other, see through all of the unimportant dust that covers what really matters, is safe, where doors are always open to share whatever is needed for that special "in-the-moment" moment, or for the the one that will evolve in the future through a bumpy ride.
Kristin Enriquez has dedicated her life's work to children with learning challenges and helping people work together to realize each student's potential. She is the proud mother of 4 children, one of which has Down syndrome. She is not an experienced blogger, or a professional website creator, but she does "tell it like it is," is a collector of facts, and loves sharing the amazing experiences and knowledge that have found her along the way,