It is not easy raising children in the world we live in today.
But just think how much more difficult it is, when that child has a special need, in this instance Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome has gotten a bad rap over the decades, with those being born DS always being judged based on their looks and not their capabilities and of course being called “retarded” and “mongoloid” only adds to their shame.
But first we must understand that Down syndrome is not a disease or illness, it’s when someone is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21 in their DNA (full or partial).
Today, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and izzso chatted with Fabrece Job, a 43-year-old mother of two handsome boys – Nikolai, 13 and Isaiah 11.
Nikolai, however, is a child with Down Syndrome and Fabrece tells us about her journey raising him.
Firstly, did you know beforehand that Nikolai was going to be born with Down Syndrome?
What was your reaction on hearing the news?
How were you able to face this and did you have support?
People can be very mean, what have been some of your challenges in raising Nikolai?
What are some of the things you see that are lacking in terms of this country’s provisions for special need children?
What message do you have for parents with special needs children?
Raising a Down Syndrome child has also forced Fabrece to set new goals for herself and take on new challenges of her own. She left her job and has embarked on a journey that will benefit other special needs children.