Why does our society tend to judge a book by its cover? Why do we judge a person by their appearance or what we think is their ability or disability? We can get it so wrong that way. Perhaps you have already heard about Susan Boyle? She auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. Boyle is 47-years-old and unemployed, and not the typical image when it comes to a recording artist. Her performance (which you can watch here) startled everyone. Turns out that Boyle has a learning disability and was ridiculed for this and for her appearance while she was growing up. Kids can be cruel. She told the hosts of Britain’s Got Talent that she never had a boyfriend and has never been kissed before. Her singing was limited to karaoke and the church choir. Here is someone extraordinary that people didn’t notice before – someone we should have been taking note of. Let’s learn from Boyle that talent doesn’t just come in the stereotyped package. Sometimes the best talent comes from those you underestimate.
This blog is about our journey raising three bright, gorgeous kids (Riley, Aidan, and Quinn). Miss Quinny happens to have an extra 21st chromosome (Down syndrome) along with Infantile Spasms (West syndrome) and Stereotypic Movement Disorder. This blog is for awareness and advocacy for families with children with special needs.