Inspiring Quotes about Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21
As I began my journey down the path of raising a child with Down syndrome, I recall reading a poem that is still precious to me today. It is, "Welcome to Holland," by Emily Perl Kingsley. Because those words meant so much to me as a mom facing the unknown, I've started this webpage. It is a collection of quotes about Down syndrome. The quotes have been gathered from parents, professionals, family members, and anyone else whose life has been touched by a person with Down syndrome. I am hoping that in some way they can be of help to others in the future.
"Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life."
~ Chris Burke
"I hope to have as many friends as all the stars in the sky. I think that I am getting very close to my wish."
Having a child with DS has changed my life...
my life is brighter
my life is more wonderful
my life is filled with love
~ Lorene Kay
Abortion and Down Syndrome
Termination rates were highest following a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome ranging from 91-93 percent among 3 groups. - from PubMed
"I am so lucky I get to do so many things. I just want you to know, even though I have Down syndrome, it is O.K."
~ Sarah Itoh
"I LOVE MY LIFE!"
~ Annie Forts
Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
~ Elizabeth Stone
Sam's mannerisms of saying "Hi" to everyone, hugging often, smiling and laughing through even the worst of times, his purity and innocence and his lack of worry, anxiety, stress and doubt seem like something we should all strive for....We have so much to learn from these individuals if we allow ourselves to see.
Down Syndrome Creed
"I can't change that I have Down syndrome, but one thing I would change is how people think of me. I'd tell them: Judge me as a whole person, not just the person you see. Treat me with respect, and accept me for who I am. Most important, just be my friend. After all, I would do the same for you."
"I'll give you a chance if you give me one too!" ~
"I would not have her any other way. Because of her, I have basked in love, joy, kindness, gentleness, peace, and goodness. Nothing about my daughter is a mistake. God does not make mistakes. "
~ Ellen Armendariz Stumbo
"My 2 year old was diagnosed at birth. When I saw those beautiful almond-shaped eyes I knew he was truly a gift....but with a different wrapping. He has taught me unconditional love and patience...and what it is to be humble. I am truly blessed."
~ Stephanie S.
Count Us In!
A book about growing up with Down syndrome. Two very successful young men with Down syndrome tell their story. It is a story of friendship, challenges, accomplishments, love and support.
© 2010 hsschulte
Leave Your Comments about These Down Syndrome Quotes
Evana Rahman on May 17, 2015:
My angle,my unique child, Sarrinah taught me about unconditional love. She brings colours in my life. Now I am living in her tiny soul. Thanks God for choosing me to be the mother of this angle.
anonymous on September 14, 2013:
My grandson is 2 1/2 and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. My husband and I have custody of him, and he is the most lovable little boy. he taught us that every word is precious and don't take it for granted, i cried for days after he was born, and wondered why god would have given this special little boy down Syndrome, then I got up one morning and said, god gave Kayden to us because he knew that we had the love and joy to take care of him, and we would love him more then life itself. Kayden has taught us about love, and the joys of having a little boy like him will bring to your life. signed a very lucky grandma to have Kayden
Rose Jones on September 11, 2013:
What a wonderful and inspiring lens. And even though I no longer have my wings I pinned this great lens to "Squidoo Lenses worth Blessing."
anonymous on June 15, 2013:
I have a 10yr old with Down Syndrome. wow! there is no word to describe how much I love him. He has completed my life and my soul. He is my ANGEL but only I can see his wings. He's taught me to see the world with colors not just black and white. I love you my ANGEL.
anonymous on May 03, 2013:
Everyone says people with Down Syndrome look the same. I can never see that.
It could be because I'm legally blind
But I think it's because I choose not to see anything "wrong."
anonymous on May 02, 2013:
Down Syndrome is nothing to laugh about it is serious. Some people make fun of down syndrome people but it is not right they are just like you and me.
anonymous on May 02, 2013:
these quotes are good! I know someone who has down syndrome and he is the funniest and nicest person i have ever met.
anonymous on April 04, 2013:
My brother has Downs - he is not 19.. the sweetest most beautiful boy ever.. the heart as big as the galaxy.. He is so kind and tender... Love him to pieces
anonymous on April 03, 2013:
My son was diagnosed with ds when I was 3 months pregnant and was told not to have him by the Doctors. He is now 5 and his name is Chance, because he is the best chance I have ever taken in life. Truly a delightful little man.
Antoniana on March 15, 2013:
Our little devil just became 2 years old.
Even writing this about him just give me a smile and a warm feeling.
The first 3 month of his life he was just a regular baby, and than someone at the medial center noticed a special line in the palm of his hand.
People were shocked by the news, but somehow the next day our son was just the same as the day before.
Somehow he is special now, had a lot of tests in the hospital, and we were waiting for news that there is something different about him, or that he has bad health.
But still it did not come.
So off course we understand that he has down and by now we know what it means.
But somehow i do not see it, He walks, he dances, he brings us kisses and hugs with a big smile on his face, he loves to go to babyswim.
But most of all, he loves to love us, and we love to love him back.
And that does feel special about him.
balkis-mulla on February 15, 2013:
I have a 21 years old DownSyndrom he is a joy but I always worry about his future God bless him and bless all families with any disabled
anonymous on February 14, 2013:
My baby brother is now 17 years old and i feel so blessed to have had him in my life for so long. i have never met someone with so much love and happiness. he has made me into a better person and i am so blessed because if everyone knew how special these children are they too would be changed for better. all you have to do is give my brother is a cheeseburger and he will forever be your friend, he will love you and care for you to the best of his ability... now how many people do you know that would do that, just for a cheese burger?
anonymous on January 28, 2013:
I have a little boy Colton who is 2 with DS. I can not even describe the joy that that boy has brought into my heart! I would change him for the world!
anonymous on January 26, 2013:
Hi i gave i birth to my little girl "alice" on 4th december she has given me so much joy n love, im blessed with an angel and only special mommies have special babies, god bless you all. Helen xx
anonymous on January 07, 2013:
my little boy was diagnosed with downs at birth, i wouldn't change him for the world :)
rattie lm on December 08, 2012:
The one thing about down syndrome children is the joy they bring to a classroom. They are a gift. Yes, they require lots of help, but with love they can become productive members of the community. They are much more knowing than we tend to give them credit for.
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
@anonymous: Write the alphabet on a piece of paper with a pen or pencil and have him trace it with a marker or crayons. Leapfrog has a learning device that does that and I got it for my son who has Downs and it worked wonders. Hope this helped and hope it works for him. Goodluck! :)
anonymous on September 20, 2012:
my daughter was diagnosed with downs at birth and i never thought twice about keeping her. she is a gift and has taught me so much about patience that i never had before. the quotes i read on here are wonderful and great to let people know that downs kids as well as adults are just as likely to succeed as any other kids. I LOVE MY BABY GIRL and thank a higher power everyday for giving her to me
anonymous on August 31, 2012:
My daughter has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and even though these quotes are for Downs Syndrome the meaning to me is very much the same. Thank you for posting these beautiful quotes.
anonymous on August 30, 2012:
This is beautiful and inspiring...my 2 year old was diagnosed at birth.When I saw those beautiful almond-shaped eyes I knew he was truly a gift....but
with a different wrapping.He has taught me unconditional love and patience...and what it is to be humble.I am truly blessed.
anonymous on August 28, 2012:
Thank you for sharing all these wonerful and inspiring words. I have a son that is 4 and he was blessed with downs!!!
anonymous on August 28, 2012:
i have a 6 yr old brother here in ghana who has downs syndrome...........i need him to learn how to write and read.please can any one help me.......
anonymous on August 05, 2012:
Really nice and i love this quotes
potovanja on July 29, 2012:
Thank you for having so courage to share this story with us. Great lens.
What_to_Know on June 10, 2012:
Being disabled I have been in special needs class rooms all my life my best friend is DS. She has never judged me for things I cannot do and I have done the same for her. We are not slow or different we are simply just us
anonymous on May 26, 2012:
As many children that I have taught with Special Needs, my heart swells with love for the Down Syndrome children. I teach disabled children of all variations and I truly enjoy each moment with them, but there is just something about DS children that brightens my life.
Spiderlily321 on May 12, 2012:
I love this lens. Such good quotes! I added you to my featured lenses under the section called "Down Syndrome" on my support circle for amazing moms and dads blessed with special children lens. Thank you so much for sharing
anonymous on April 05, 2012:
My brother died at the age of 32 years old. he was downsyndrome, I really love your quotes and as well i love these kids and people.. there such a blessing.. god bless yous. : )
anonymous on April 05, 2012:
anonymous on April 02, 2012:
My son is 2 yrs old and has DS and he is the light of our lives. He makes us smile everyday and life would not be the same without him. Thanks for this quotes..
DrIntrepid on March 29, 2012:
As the adopted father of a beautiful teenage daughter with autism and developmental delays, this lens means a lot. Thank you for the hard work.
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on March 25, 2012:
I love this lens. In China children with down's are often called "International face" children. I found that a little puzzling, but it is also a nice idea, because international children have love and joy in common, even if they don't speak the same language. Thank you for this beautiful page. your quotes are perfect.
KReneeC on March 12, 2012:
I love your lens! I work with many people including some that have down syndrome. They are some of the greatest people, so full of life and are incredible inside and out! I adore this lens!
anonymous on March 01, 2012:
Heaven's Very Special Child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth
It was time again for another birth.
Said the Angels to the Lord above --
"This special child will need much love.
"Her progress may be very slow
"Accomplishment she may not show.
"And she'll require extra care
"From the folks she meets down there.
"She may not run or laugh or play
"Her thoughts may seem quite far away
"So many times she will be labeled
"'different,' 'helpless' and disabled.
"So, let's be careful where she's sent.
"We want her life to be content.
"Please, Lord, find the parents who
"Will do a special job for you.
"They will not realize right away
"The leading role they are asked to play.
"But with this child sent from above
"Comes stronger faith, and richer love.
"And soon they'll know the privilege given
"In caring for their gift from heaven.
"Their precious charge, so meek and mild
"Is heaven's very special child."
by Edna Massimilla
Ram Ramakrishnan on February 28, 2012:
If every individual were to be surveyed for
all qualities required to live a life complete;
Everyone will be found deficient in one or
more of them; the ideal an impossible feat.
To call someone retarded, it is blasphemy indeed;
By doing so, our own retarded-ness we concede.
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on February 07, 2012:
Thank you for introducing us to Blake. My daughter Taylor is now 16 and a freshman in high school. She never ceases to surprise us. This year, after participating in a unified sports program, one of the girls invited her to try out for the cheer leading team. To our delight (and fear), she joined the team and does wonderfully. In one of the stunts, she is at the top of the pyramid!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 26, 2012:
A beautiful tribute and reminder about the essence of loving each individual for who he or she is. Every child is a gift... a miracle. I volunteered for several years in a residential home for Down Syndrome adults. It was a joy and a privilege to make so many deep friendships with these precious individuals. They taught me what was most important in life. I will always treasure those memories. Thank you for sharing Blake with us.
anonymous on January 24, 2012:
Returning with angel dust for this love!
anonymous on January 23, 2012:
"Look at our society. We're hateful, we judge, we make others feel terrible about their own self image, and we create this idea of what's 'normal', so no one feels good enough. Now take a look at a child wi...th down syndrome. Alwaysï»¿ smiling, laughing, and encouraging. It makes me wonder if, in actuality, they don't have one too many chromosomes...but if we're actually one short of a full set needed to be beautiful human beings ((Does anyone know who said this))
anonymous on January 23, 2012:
I need to know more about Rett syndrom
anonymous on January 18, 2012:
There very nice :)
AnnieKelleher on January 12, 2012:
wonderful content.. please check out my new lens about my newest novel about a young man with DownSyndrome who falls in love with a young woman with autism. its called How David Met Sarah and was inspired by and written for my own brother with DS.
anonymous on January 11, 2012:
Hello all. I appreciate finding this link as I had been checking more for my continuous effort to be informed and educated by heart about down syndrome. I became and decided to be an advocate for the next years of my life when my baby tower was born and diagnosed with ds. I wholeheartedly accepted her with my wife but life wasn't long for her and enough for us to enjoy. She died five days after. Now that she is an angel, my heart flies with her and I did promise that she will always be in my life full of love. As my personal simple campaign I created a group in facebook with same purpose and advocacy for people and families with ds and who are ds themselves. I would like to solicit support for whoever to be with me in my link. Thank you so much for this link and opportunity for me to share.
bikerministry on January 10, 2012:
Incredible lens. What a sweet way to keep others informed of the syndrome and the most loving people in the world. My cousin was DS and we are all better people having her in our lives 35 years. Blessings rolling your way.
anonymous on January 07, 2012:
My best friend has a daughter with Down's Syndrome. She is the light of his life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful lens with all of us.
anonymous on January 06, 2012:
I love it. I have a 5 year old daughter with Downs, and I can't imagine life without her!
grannysage on October 22, 2011:
I have a tear in my eye, these quotes are so beautiful. Thank you for helping to raise awareness about the beautiful spirits that inhabit these bodies.
anonymous on October 22, 2011:
its very touching. I understand how you feel and the word R is not for them but it is for those who say it.
poutine on October 19, 2011:
Wonderful quotes and so full of love.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 17, 2011:
These quotes are very inspirational. I look forward to reading more.
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 15, 2011:
I always loved that Welcome to Holland. My sister was autistic, and as you read, my son is ADHD. It's a different journey for us too. Well done.
jgelien on October 04, 2011:
'Welcome to Holland' is one of my favorite poems and I love the quotes and the pictures of Blake you have included. Just a wonderful uplifting lens.
E L Seaton from Virginia on September 25, 2011:
Well done. I have not walked in your shoes but I feel that you opened a family book and allowed me to enjoy pictures of your life with you. Thanks for sharing.
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on September 21, 2011:
This lens hits home. Our daughter is now 15 and a high school freshman. She has taught us patience, fortitude and unconditional love -- just by being herself. After I wipe away a few tears, I may send you a quote from our family.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 12, 2011:
Attractively presented and an excellent topic. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.
anonymous on July 17, 2011:
Absolutely precious...I feel the love and the joy!
anonymous on July 13, 2011:
Thanks for providing this information about Down syndrome.
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annieoram on June 12, 2011:
Hi everyone. This page is so uplifting. My beautiful evie is 3mths old. i was told she had down syndrome when she was born. She is my life. Her smile can lighten the darkest day and my love for her is all consuming. I'm so excited about our future together as i know she will teach me so many things. I feel so incredibly lucky to have such a perfect daughter.
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tandemonimom lm on June 04, 2011:
I have a cousin, just a few years older than I, who has Down syndrome. Kudos to you for these fabulous quotes honoring these very special people!
anonymous on May 24, 2011:
@anonymous: I have a little sister that has Down Syndrome that we also adopted at the age of two. I completely agree with what you say, my life would be totally different without her :) your parents are super amazing people
anonymous on May 18, 2011:
My baby brother has Down Syndrome and he will be turning four in August (: We adopted him only two years ago and I completely worship him. He is the most adorable child I have ever met, and I don't regret my familys choice about adopting him. He is my beautiful angel<3
Bekers on April 27, 2011:
I have a sister with Downs...she just had her 18th birthday in January. Of all the people i've ever met in my lifetime she is the one who has made the biggest impact on my life. I've never met someone before who had such bright and inspiring outlooks on life even when things in their life were never really great. She's truly my hero!
I don't know if any of you have heard the song called " Don't laugh at me" by Mark Willis...but this is her favorite song! She says " All these people pick on me and i don't like it. They tell me i'm different and i look funny. I thought i was normal. Do they know they are different and they look funny too"? When she says these things it only makes me wish i could see life from her point of view! If she's "so different" then why is it she has more understanding of the life around us, that most people are oblivious too?
I agree with her and the song..."In God's eyes we're all the same, someday we'll have perfect wings,Don't laugh at me."
Thanks for the page! It's wonderful!
Michey LM on March 31, 2011:
Very helpful lens, thanks for having the strengths to write the lens.
hsschulte (author) on March 28, 2011:
@hsschulte: Or choose the sign up button, if you aren't a member of the site, so that you may add a photo.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 28, 2011:
Nicely showcased! This should be very convenient for anyone looking for quotations on this topic.
hsschulte (author) on March 28, 2011:
Click the dashboard button at the top left of the screen. Then just above your picture box, there is a link to change your photo, or edit your bio. Thanks for visiting and contributing!!
priscillab on March 28, 2011:
A child is a blessing- no matter what. I believe the innocence of a DS child is a gift to those around him/her. It reminds us of the simple joys in life.
anonymous on March 28, 2011:
how can i add a photo?
anonymous on March 28, 2011:
My Grandson has DS and just turned two. What a blessing he is to our family!!!
GrowWear on March 09, 2011:
Much love is here. Great idea for a lens. :)
jlshernandez on March 08, 2011:
Wonderful and loving lens. Favorited.
anonymous on February 08, 2011:
My daughter is doing a research paper on Down syndrome, and I found myself on this website. I love these quotes. God bless you for taking the time to help educate us and inspire us. Thank you.
hsschulte (author) on January 12, 2011:
I couldn't agree more! Thanks for visiting.
anonymous on November 09, 2010:
I think these quotes are soo beautiful! I have a brother with down syndrome and i know he is a gift from GOD!! I love all down syndrome kids because they make our world sooo much brighter!!!