IT'S OK TO LOOK, THEN SMILE!
a message and movement that addresses how people see and treat those that look different for ANY reason.
I am a mother, grandmother and a former licensed therapeutic foster parent, who spent many years reading to the children in my life. I have never come across children's books that deal with the way society sees and treats people with Down Syndrome. There are plenty of choices for books about Down syndrome facts, symptoms, treatment and support information, but not how to appropriately interact with someone with special needs. As a parent of a 23 year old daughter with Down Syndrome, I felt compelled to tell Lynn's story.
Why Are You Looking At Me?
I Just Have Down Syndrome
Lisa Tompkins - Public Speaker, Author
Ryan Eubanks - Illustrator
A children's book that points out the natural differences as well as the obvious similarities that we share with Down Syndrome people. With this book, you can teach children what to do when they are faced with a person with special needs and how to interact socially with them. Lynn may look different than most children, but she has many of the same likes and dislikes. She struggles with the way society stares and whispers and treats her because of how she looks, rather than the beautiful person she is.
Using Lynn's story as a tool to start a dialogue, I am teaching people how to appropriately interact and approach acceptance with people who are different. I visit programs primarily focused on children, because I believe that this kind of change needs to start early. I also speak to parents, support groups, educators, etc. We need tools to be able to make a difference. We as adults need to be the example for others to follow. Don't ignore, dismiss or devalue anyone based on how they look. It's ok to look, then SMILE. It is the right thing to do.
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Down Syndrome Creed
My face may be different, but my feelings the same.
I laugh and I cry and take pride in my gains,
I was sent here among you to teach and to love,
As God in the heavens looks down from above.
To Him, I'm no different, His love knows no bounds;
It's those here among you, in cities and towns,
That judge me by standards that man has imparted,
But this family I've chosen will help me get started.
For I'm one of the children, so special, so few,
That came here to learn the same lessons as you.
That love is acceptance, it must come from the heart;
We all have the same purpose, though not the same start.
The Lord gave me life to live and embrace,
And I'll do it as you do, but at my own pace.