|Kristen Miller Rumphol with her son Brandon left|
An open letter,
To all that were at the Algonquin public pool. I am a special needs mother, my son Brandon has Down Syndrome. I never thought I would be one of those mother's that write an open letter for all to read but here I am.
Today while at the swimming pool my heart was breaking! You see NO ONE wanted to play with my son. He would go up to other kids and say " hi boy or hi girl." He is still categorized as nonverbal and he is hard to understand but he was trying his best! Every single time the kids would either look at him weird and say nothing or just swim away.
Brandon would look back at me with a look of disappointment. Not understanding why the kids were being mean to him.
Parents, please educate your children! Tell your children that children with special needs want the same thing they do, they want to be accepted. They want to be included and treated just like every other "normal" child. They want friends that won't judge them and will just accept them as they are.
If they ask what is Down syndrome? Tell them it is a third copy of the 21st chromosome. Every person with Down Syndrome will learn to do the same thing as everyone else it just takes them longer to get there. They will need more help to there. But they WILL get there!
Secretly I hope this might go viral. Please feel free to share this.. Help me to spread awareness for all children with special needs just not down syndrome. They just want to be loved, accepted and included!!