Today, March 21, is officially recognized by the United Nations as World Down Syndrome Day. This day of observation is designed to bring awareness to just how important people with Down syndrome are to our lives and communities. This day is also designed to draw attention for the sake of advocacy, inclusion, and well being of people with Down syndrome.
At The Justice Conference, one of our new sectors of justice is Disabilities & Inclusion. We believe that people with Down syndrome should be valued as image-bearers of God and given equal, dignified treatment throughout all of society. We believe that dehumanizing language and treatment should be challenged and corrected within our society. In honor of this amazing day, we are re-sharing our Chasing Justice Podcast conversation with a woman who intimately understands these values, our friend Heather Avis.
Heather is wife to her handsome and hardworking man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August. She is also the Author of “The Lucky Few” (available everywhere books are sold). After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay at home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs. Heather currently resides in Southern California where between oatmeal making, diaper changing and dance parties she shares her heart by putting words on paper and using her hit Instagram account @macymakesmyday, to share the awesomeness of all things Down syndrome and adoption. She cares fiercely for the underdog and believes God’s goodness and beauty are found in the most seemingly uncomfortable places.
Watch this video too see how you can help someone with Down syndrome achieve their dreams of higher education with the 3-21 Pledge.