October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Although I don’t have a child with Down Syndrome, I’ve been reading up on these amazing individuals this month and find myself wanting to interact with their little community more. It’s inspiring to hear their stories. I’m particularly impressed by how people with Down Syndrome have overcome so many negative stereotypes as individuals with disabilities and become welcome, valuable members of our society.
This book, Sun Shine Down, is written by one amazing momma. Gillian Marchenko is incredibly authentic and communicates her story of having a daughter with Down Syndrome, not once but twice, beautifully in this book. It’s a memoir and I’m a sucker for memoirs. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Even though far less prevalent, maybe someday Cri du Chat Syndrome will have more positive awareness. As I was reading this book, I felt that just as a fellow parent told Gillian, “One day the sun will shine again,” that’s what she was telling me through her story. There have been lots of cloudy days and we can’t always see the sun, but we believe it’s there and will one day shine again.
I’ve listed a few more good books on disability on my Resources page.
My book, Beauty in Broken Dreams: A Hopeful Handbook for the Early Years as a Special Needs Parent, is now available on Amazon!
Also be sure to check out my list of Favorite Books on Disability!