More than what meets the eye

Down syndrome people should be treated the same as others.


Leah Williamson with her sister Emilee posing for their first day of school picture

This month is down syndrome awareness month, and with many people all around the world with this change in lifestyle, surprisingly not a lot of people know too much about how down syndrome occurs or how it can make a difference in people’s lives. 

Though it can make a change in their lifestyle, they are still just like everybody else and should be treated the same as everyone else. 

Emilee Williamson is one of the many people diagnosed with downs syndrome. 

“I would describe myself as fun and nice,” said Emilee Williamson.

Emily is a child of six, with a loving family, and a bright personality; she is living life to the fullest. 

When people talk to people that have DS they tend to talk to them differently than how they should be talked to.

“Emilee gets talked to like a baby all the time when she is 16 and and should be treated like other people and not different,” said Leah.

This goes to show how people who have down syndrome are treated differently even when they don’t need to be. 

 A Lot of people assume that because they have a syndrome they can’t do things on their own. 

They are independent people and should be treated like independent people.

— Leah Williamson (Emilee's sister)

“One thing I wish everyone knew about down syndrome was that even though they have down syndrome they are still people and should be treated like others”

About 6000 babies in the US each year are diagnosed with down syndrome, and need to learn to be able to take care of themselves, instead of others treating them like they can’t. 

People need to learn that they should not expect that just because they have DS they need help or need to be babied all the time.

They are people too and should be respectfully treated like any other person.