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Send a message to Sarah Palin

Posted in Uncategorized by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on March 2, 2010

I’ve been neglecting this blog and my Down’s syndrome-related reading recently so I am very late with this, but if there is anyone reading this that has not seen The Oz Squad’s Letter to Sarah Palin you have only a few days left to add your name to the request for her to speak up apolitically on the use of the r word. The authors were looking to get 100 signatures and they currently have… 99. The letter will be sent in the coming days regardless of the number of signatures, but it would be nice to get it to three figures. The letter can be found here.

Motivational

Posted in Attitudes to disability, Uncategorized by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on October 24, 2009

Robert Pio Hajjar is a motivational speaker and founder of IDEAL-WAY.ca, an Ontario-based organisation focused on educating people about intellectual disability; providing food, clothing and household goods to low income individuals with disabilities; and providing art and literacy programs for for people with intellectual disabilities.

Oh yes, and he has Down’s syndrome. As he says: “When I was born 29 years ago, the doctors told my parents to put me away and forget about me. They said I would not be able to walk, or talk or do what other kids do. They painted a very sad picture of what my life would be like…. Don’t you think the doctors would be surprised to see me now?”

Here’s a video of him opening the Best Buddies Regional Conference 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario.