By Katrina Trinko
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared here. The video can also be seen there.
Don’t be scared. Be excited.
That’s the underlying message of a new video that responds to a pregnant women’s anxiety about expecting a child with Down Syndrome.
“I’m expecting a baby. I’ve discovered he has Down Syndrome,” an unnamed woman e-mailed. “I’m scared: What kind of life will my child have?”
CoorDown, an Italian organization that supports people with Down Syndrome, responded to her e-mail with a video that features 15 different children with Down Syndrome talking about their lives.
“Your child will be able to do many things,” the children reassure her. “He’ll be able to hug you. He’ll be able to run toward you. He’ll be able to speak. He’ll be able to go to school like everybody.”
In the United States, many unborn children with Down Syndrome have been aborted.
March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day.