If you do not have a family member or a close friend connecting you to the world of Down sydrome or any other special need for that matter, then it is difficult to imagine what life for an individual with Ds or his/her family is like. Stereotypes are human nature. Most of us who are now parents of a child with special needs would be lying if we said we were totally comfortable around people with special needs/disabilities prior to being catapulted into our new normal. Some of us got here knowing ahead of time that our child may or would have special needs while others (myself included) did not learn until after our journey began.
This blog post is a candid look at one "outsiders" learning experience as he encounters a young woman with Down syndrome at his local Starbucks.
Please click here to experience this man's outside look in.