Well, well, well April!! Look at what you have brought to the special needs community, not one but two features in major magazines about Down Syndrome and a special pullout pa from Smart Parenting
I was ecstatic when I found out that Rylee, Noah’s classmate was in a photo shoot for a special feature in Smart Parenting magazine. I asked my friend, Rylee’s mom to tag me when the issue is out. I thought it would be an article in the magazine either about Down syndrome or special needs.
I was already excited about the feature but I wasn’t expecting a special pull out with Rylee as the adorable cover girl. It was a hefty mini magazine too and it featured different kids with different challenges and their own stories. It was a great booklet and I was so happy that Smart Parenting actually did this. Stories of kids like Noah come few and far between so when mainstream media picks up our stories, it connects our family with the rest of the community. Our stories become yours too and as we read what you are sharing, you also find out more about us.
Ang cute lang din ni Rylee. She’s a living doll and she loves siopao haha 😀
The March-April issue of Baby Magazine also has a spread on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).
I wrote the story and I was so happy that it got printed. I was actually tasked to write something else but I mustered enough guts to pitch to Ana, one of the editors, if I could write about WDSD instead. There was a concern that the article might be too serious and I assured her that it won’t. It will not be a doom and gloom article because in reality, our lives are not at all that way. And that’s what I wanted to share, that a diagnosis of Down syndrome is not the end. It is a new beginning. It is the start of a new brave adventure.
This article is a small contribution on my part in raising awareness on Down Syndrome. The veteran families of DSAPI and other families who have older children with intellectual and developmental disabilities have paved the way for us younger families to be braver and to dream bigger for our kids.
As for me, I will always share our stories here at the blog and over at my IG account.
If you are a parent of a child with special needs and you want your story heard, please please email me at manilamommy(at) gmail.com and I will feature your story here. Pwede Tagalog, pwede English, pwede Taglish. Only if you want to share of course 🙂