Advocacy, at its core, is work done to make it possible for all of us to be ourselves.
Quirky: unconventional and has a strange mix of traits that somehow end up being kind of interesting or charming. This informal all-purpose term can be used to describe anything that doesn’t quite fit in.
People with Down syndrome have always been seen as “other.” Services and spaces where they gather is called “special.” Some advocates don’t like the use of that term because it helps continue the othering of our loved ones.
:unusual in especially an interesting or appealing way
I say, instead of trying to change ourselves, or our loved ones, in order to fit in,
Let’s celebrate our quirkiness!