WDSD 2018 by Claire Mitchell
A Speech by Claire Mitchell
Good morning everyone
It is wonderful to be here today, as events such as this help to raise awareness of the valued role people with Down syndrome bring to their communities. We want to ‘join in’ and ‘have a go’ just like everyone else. One of my favourite sayings is ‘Trying is what counts’. During this month the Down syndrome Australia website has featured stories of how individuals, having been given the opportunity, are making meaningful contributions to their communities in all aspects of life.
Having a job is an important part of my life and of who I am in my community. I love being part of a team; I also like to keep busy and to be helpful, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. I am proud to have my ‘real job’, which I always try to do the best of my ability. My employers are very supportive and encouraging.
Last November I was honoured to be selected, representing Queensland, as a member of the Down Syndrome Advisory Network and I am proud to be here with my fellow members from the other states.
The DSAN is a group of people with Down syndrome chosen to work together to provide direct advice to the Down Syndrome Australia Board. The training we all received has supported us to be able to fully contribute to the network.
One of our roles as DSAN representatives is to make a difference through educating people; but most importantly, to be a voice for all people with Down syndrome. I am also involved in the Queensland DSAN group, where I work together with other people with Down syndrome in my local community who give me their ideas and opinions. You can’t be a Voice without Listening.
We thank you for your support and encourage you to continue to raise the awareness of the many abilities of people with Down syndrome. Thank you for celebrating with us on this World Down syndrome Day 2018. It is all about celebrating Life and how wonderful life is.
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