“I’m expecting a baby,” an expecting mother wrote in an email on Feb. 9 to CoorDown, a down syndrome advocacy group based in Italy. “I’ve discovered he has Down syndrome. I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?”
CoorDown took this question to 15 people with Down syndrome all around the world. The resulting video, called “Dear Future Mom,” features their beautifully normal answers. In different languages, they each note the typical and wonderful things this expecting mother can look forward to from her child’s life, regardless of the fact he or she may have Down syndrome.
It begins with a young Italian girl. “Cara futura Mama,” she says.
The video has reached nearly 2 million plays on YouTube, and with the World Down Syndrome Day on March, 21, it’s a timely and heartfelt celebration of people with this condition.
Looking for an event to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in your state? Check out one of the 17 events happening all around the United States this week.Chelsea Rice is a health producer for Boston.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaRice.