Down syndrome from a father's perspective.

Who I Am – World Down Syndrome Day 2013

The 21st Day of the 3rd Month

Each year on the 21st day of the 3rd month we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). If you haven’t already caught it, the March 21 date is significant because the numbers 3/21 symbolize the tripling of the 21st chromosome which is what causes Down syndrome. This year is the 8th anniversary of the global awareness day and it is also the one year anniversary of being officially observed by the United Nations.

Advocate for individuals like Treyton.

The day before WDSD (March 20) is Treyton’s birthday which is why I have said before that World Down Syndrome Day is a 2-day event for us. Sometimes I wish that Treyton was born just a few hours later so we would always be able to have a party on this WDSD but there is also some significance to his birth being on the first day of spring. Treyton’s birth marks the changing of a season in my life and my family.

Before Treyton I would not have bothered to even take note of the significance of the day. I wish I could go back and erase my ignorance but I can’t. What I am doing instead is trying to help others see what I failed to see before. I want you to see that people with Down syndrome are like Treyton, they are like my son. He is smart, funny, caring, energetic, and more. He deserves the same opportunity to fulfill his potential¬†in life as anyone of us with only two copies of the 21st-chromosome.

The desire to protect that right for Treyton is one of the key reasons I started this blog. It is also the reason that the International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC) was created. The IDSC is a grassroots organization/movement that seeks to support individuals and families impacted by Down syndrome as well as raise awareness about the disability. An example of one of the things they do is the IDSC 2013 World Down Syndrome Day Video. They created the video and then reached out to people like myself to help spread the word. Please take a look.

Rob Arnold has been married to his high school sweetheart for almost 19 years. Together they have three daughters and one son. He earned his bachelor's degree in General Business from Grand Valley State University as well as an MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University. He enjoys reading, hunting, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.
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