Disability….What Disability? #downsyndrome #specialneeds

by Carrie with Children with 8 comments

Call me naive, but when I look at my little Molly – I don’t see a little girl with a disability.  I see a funny and carefree kid that loves playing and does everything a typical kid does.  The only difference?   She’s got an extra chromosome…

Molly on Playground

When Molly was born and we learned of her diagnosis, I remember thinking that the life I had envisioned for our family was gone.  The dreams and hopes I had would suddenly have to take another path… or so I thought.

As I think about it now, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Our family is still on the same journey we had hoped – one of love, laughter and lots of fun.  Molly has brightened our family and our world, she’s just a typical kid.  Sure, she has a speech delay and doesn’t talk very much – but she’s very vocal and great with sign language too.

Having a child with Down syndrome (or any disability, for that matter) shouldn’t be seen as a hindrance – just a minor bump in the road.  Don’t feel sorry for those of us with children that have special needs…  and especially don’t feel bad for the child!

While the role of a special needs parent wasn’t the plan I had laid out for my life – it’s the perfect place for me.  And I couldn’t be more proud!


  • Michelle

    Not naive!, you’re a loving mother and I agree all I see is a playful little girl! so important to continue to share your journey with others and educate and enlighten all of us that may or may not be as familiar….

  • Pam Sohan

    I couldn’t agree more ! I have a son with Autism. And I see him before I see his so called disability.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks so much for reading, Pam! I wish that everyone could see our precious kiddos as people first!

  • Amanda M.

    What a wonderful attitude! There is so much to learn and so many ways to love! You are a beautiful light in an often dark and cynical world. Thanks for sharing your struggles and triumphs and your beautiful children!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you for stopping by, Amanda. Your nice note means a lot to me – I appreciate it!

  • karen

    Love it! Shared on our page this morning 🙂 My feeling is, if offered that Caleb’s Down syndrome could be taken away, we would politely decline. It makes him who he is!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Karen! I couldn’t agree with you any more – you’re absolutely right!