I had such a wonderful afternoon with Julia (from FB's Ups and Downs) and her sister Audrey. As a Visual Artist / Photographer and former Special Ed teacher, I reached out to Julia's mom, Ruth, after she posted on Facebook about the lack of photographs of children with Down syndrome. When Julia was born 20 year ago, the only photographs Ruth could find were in medical journals, besides a yearly catalogue for Toys R Us. Toys R Us had a winter holiday catalogue which included one child with Down syndrome, and she would eagerly head to Toys R Us every winter in search of the catalogue! Here's to encouraging change 20 years later! Let's continue to value people as beautiful and special for their unique qualities. Everyone is beautiful! Oh, and I want to mention that Julia was accepted to College for September!
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