We’re Sorry and Our Mission Defined
First, please allow me to apologize for our absence. We’ve been in the process of multiple changes here at John-Michael’s Journey. We’ve had to transfer hosting services which has proven to be a bigger task that we’d first hoped. However, we’re done now and can get back to the business of sharing with the world how amazing our kids with Down syndrome and others like them truly are.
Today I want to take a moment to restate the mission of John-Michael’s Journey. It is a relatively simple one:
“Our mission is to expand the awareness of Down syndrome and its community through creative arts and projects. Our goal is to maximize the awareness and affection for our children to open the door of opportunities to them”.
That is what we aim to do here. However, with that said my goal isn’t and will never be to garner sympathy or special favor that results in lack of achievement. Rather I want to promote the idea that our children can achieve their dreams and fulfill their God given purpose if we as a society get out of their way and stop making them out to be less than by continuing to use some arbitrary normalcy standard. After all who’s deciding what’s normal anyway?
I believe that no kid is normal but in fact every kid is unique. They learn, live and love all in different and amazing ways and if we can stop infecting them with the disease of “special” then we’ll be amazed at what they can accomplish and who they can become.
How can we continue to look at our kids and see only their lack when we have such fantastic examples of others in the community who have achieved such greatness like Tim Harris the owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place, Chris Burke “Corky” an actor or Lauren Potter from the hit show Glee; what about the world famous conductor Zhou Zhou! Or Sunjeet Desai who plays six instruments and graduated from Berkshire Hills Music Academy.
If we look for greatness we can find it even in the unexpected places. Kids with Downs are not the exception to the rule because it’s a rule that can’t be broken. Kids who grow up to believe they can be great most often will grow up to be great. It’s our job as parents to help them believe, not necessarily achieve. Achievement is their job.
So why not join our mission and help us share the vision that our kids deserve a chance to achieve greatness in their own way and at their own pace. Please take a moment to share John-Michael’s Journey with a friend today!