Pride being more powerful than shame, it makes sense to me to teach my daughter that she has a right to be here. She has contributions to make. Down syndrome can and should define her. Her presence is as necessary to the world as the star shine is.
In February-May 2016 I volunteered at the Future Center for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi. The Community Outreach office at my university NYU Abu Dhabi promoted the opportunity and I felt a need to take it, to actively serve the society in which I had been studying for four years.
It is easy to get depressed about a lack of leadership in America today. However, there are still impactful, caring and successful leaders out there working to make our nation a better place. One of the true heroes is Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.
Like it or not, the world is changing and these images of diversity help us all to see that ultimately our talents and our personhood are what matters. So, three cheers for the athletes and for the world as it becomes more accepting of all kinds of diversity.