Monday, March 21, 2011

World Down Syndrome Day

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Here are DSALA's 2011 21 quotes for 21 days..."How I see the world though Down syndrome eyes"
Quote 1 of 21, March 1, 2011  
Following participating in a public rally
to oppose the California State Budget Cuts
to services for people with developmental disabilities,
Ryan told his mom...

"The bad guys are stealing the money,
we need Batman!"
Ryan Fitch 
 Age 8 

Quote 2 of 21, March 2, 2011  

"If they invented a pill to take away my Down syndrome, I wouldn't take it because this is the way God made me.  He wants me this way - and I don't want to mess around with God's plan"
By: Lydia Orso  
 Age 31

Quote 3 of 21, March 3, 2011  
While observing a traffic signal.

"Red stop, green go, orange..... juice."

By: Marc Williams  
 Age 7 

Quote 4 of 21, March 4, 2011  
Brandon's mom awoke to his face in hers,
she said "Good morning, I love you. " 

"Goo ing, I uv oo."

By: Brandon Sardo   
 Age 7 

Quote 5 of 21, March 5, 2011  
Paul spoke in 2 word sentences, only a few times a day.
His summer vacation had included swimming with his Grandma.
When he saw her again, 4 months later he said... 
"Oh Gumma, mimmin in da pool"

Not only did he say a full sentence, he displayed his long term memory skills since he only had the joy of seeing his Grandma 
a couple of times in his short lifetime. 

By: Paul Steward 
 Age 5 

Quote 6 of 21, March 6, 2011  
When Blair was 5 he was stuck on 2 word sentences.
His family  & therapist did everything they could to get him to use 3 words.
One morning he got up to find
the refrigerator restocked and exclaimed...

"Holy Shit, Yogurt!"
After this dad found out he heard those words while watching
SPACE BALLS with his older brother,
he explained "we don't talk like that at our house."
Blair went on his way and his parents celebrated the victory of 3 little words!

By: Blair Williamson  
 Now age 31, with plenty to say 

Quote 7 of 21, March 7, 2011  
Two brothers, at dinner, were asked what they were thankful for.  
The typical little 5 year old said "God and Jesus."
His brother with Down syndrome said: 

"Santa Claus"
By: Joseph D'Elia   
 age 7  

Quote 8 of 21, March 8, 2011  
Casey and his mom were shopping.  When they got to the cash register the clerk asked Casey "how are you?" Casey responded  

"Great" and pointed to his mom and said "I'm her kid."
The clerk repeated to make sure she understood,
"You're her son"
and Casey replied  

"Oh, she knows!"
By: Casey Powell   
 age 30

Quote 9 of 21, March 9, 2011  
Angela was trying to tell her father something.
He wasn't getting it, and asked her to repeat slower, twice.   
Finally, in frustration, Angela shook her finger at her father and said:  

By: Angela Armenta 
 age 24   

Quote 10 of 21, March 10, 2011  
Jessi's mom was on her way inside a business,
Jessi asked if she could wait in the car,
mom told her sure, as long as they could see each other.  
Jessi informed her mom:

"I'm almost 18 you know!"
By: Jessi Rendleman  
 age 17 of course!    

Quote 11 of 21, March 11, 2011  
Jon's mommy set him up with an activity and told him she would be
doing the dishes and to call if he needed her.  Jon replied:   

"One more thing 'fore you go... big cheer for Mommy.  GO MOMMY! GO MOMMY!"
By: Jonathan Psaute   
 age 6   

Quote 12 of 21, March 12, 2011  
Jason wrote his mom a Valentine Card that read: 

"Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Sugar is Sweet
And so do You."
By: Jason Kingsley    
 age  36

Quote 13 of 21, March 13, 2011  
Amanda & Jon have dated since high school.  In passing, Amanda's mom mentioned that Jon had Down syndrome.  With a surprised look on her face, Amanda said: 

"He does?" taking a moment...
"That's cool."
By: Amanda Kragt    
 age 28   

Quote 14 of 21, March 14, 2011  
Kayla was 10 when she attended a funeral with her mother.  
She wanted to go with her mom to pay her respects at the open casket.  After saying a prayer she asked her mother: 

"What happened to her legs?"
By: Kayla McKeon     
 now age 23     

Quote 15 of 21, March 15, 2011  
Jessica's mom asked her, and her 4 brothers, what they wanted to be when they grew up.  The boys answered "An engineer, an artist, a marine biologist, a waiter."  Jessica put her finger to her chin and thought... then with a big smile, she rose her arms high above her head and said: 

By: Jessica LaPrade      
 age 5  

Quote 16 of 21, March 16, 2011  
Casey's program was closed in observation of a Jewish Holiday.
His step dad said "But Casey, your not Jewish."  
Casey responded: 

"Well... I am now!"
By: Casey Powell       
 age 31  

(Missing day 17 for some reason...)

Quote 18 of 21, March 18, 2011  
Sadie was sitting on the kitchen floor playing with the families 1 year old puppies, addressing the puppies individually she said:  

"Emmy, I'm Sadie... Lizzy, I'm Sadie"
By: Sadie Little       
 age 3 

Quote 19 of 21, March 19, 2011  
When Ibby doesn't want to do something his response is: 

"I CAN'T like that!"
By: Ibby Siebenman        
 age 6

Quote 20 of 21, March 20, 2011  
Watching her Grandmother's coffin lowered into the ground,
Amanda whispered to her mother: 

"Happy Trails"
By: Amanda Kragt 
 age 24  
Quote 21 of 21, March 21, 2011  
Blair and his mom were seeing a chiropractor,
his mom was referred for a massage.  
When she arrived she was told the usual message therapist was not in but
her appointments were being filled by a visiting Tibetan Monk.  
When she told the story to friends, often in front of Blair,
she was teased that after the Tibetan Monk
she surely would never want "just any" massage therapist to treat her.
One day, on her way to the chiropractor
she asked Blair if he wanted to go,  
but explained she was getting a message
so the appointment might be a little long.  Blair responded: 

"Yes I want to go, I want to see the monkey that has been giving you massages"
By: Blair Williamson        
 age 31            


  1. THanks for sharing these! I hadn't seen them.

  2. Love these and love that picture of Sweet Pea! Happy WDSD!

  3. First,it was so great to see you on Saturday... the girls are just beautiful!

    And these quotes,we have been reading them as they come in as well ... so great aren't they?

    Hope to see you again soon and maybe even sit and talk for awhile!