What do we even mean by labelling things "normal," are we tagging them as socially acceptable? If you're not "normal," does that make you abnormal? A word that we so frequently associate with weird and therefore a lack of social acceptability?
Madeline isn't our daughter. Madeline is blond, Louise is brunette. Madeline is 20 years old, Louise is 7 months, Madeline is Australian, Louise is French. They don't have a lot in common, except for a 47th chromosome in every cell of their bodies.
As the world cheers on Madeline Stuart, the Australian model with Down syndrome who just announced she'll walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, I'm cheering too. Yet I'm also feeling uneasy, because negative perceptions of people with disability are rearing their heads.