Celebrities Taking a Stand for their Special Kids

When you’re a celebrity your kids can be named after fruits, you can hang them off of balconies, and you can buy them one outfit that cost enough money to pay for a year of my tuition.

But sometimes when you’re a celebrity you can use your status to take a stand for your child and for others.

After Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete, a former NFL player found out that their son was diagnosed with autism they formed a foundation called HollyRod, in which they provide support to kids and their families.

Comedy actress Sally Phillips spoke about her son, Ollie, in an interview with the Daily Mail. Ollie was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Phillips calls him “a blessing” and explains that she loves her son no differently.

Model and actress Brooklyn Decker told the New York Daily News that she and tennis-star husband Andy Roddick want to adopt a child with an intellectual disability. The article explains that the actresses’ aunt was a Special Olympics athlete and is her inspiration.

These people that I mentioned are just some of those with a celebrity status that have used it to support people with special needs.

But being a celebrity isn’t a requirement to show support or to speak out or even to adopt a special needs child. You just have to have a big heart and a little patience would never hurt.

So before we start judging those ridiculous celebs let’s tip our hats to these ones and let them be our inspirations.

Lost boy saved by four puppies

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Kyle Camp, a 10-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, left his home in Hackleburg Alabama and walked into the woods. Kyle got lost and spent the night in the woods. When volunteers found him the next day he was huddled with four puppies who were keeping him warm.

This story combined a little boy with Down Syndrome and puppies- two things that tug on my heartstrings more than anything. You may cry, but this amazing story is worth it.

There is no such thing as “mentally retarded”

“You’re a retard.” People say this all the time, and many do not have malicious intent in saying it, but do you really know what you are saying? Do you know how it will effect my little brother who has Down Syndrome ? Probably not.

My brother Evan develops physically and mentally at a slower pace then the rest of us, but that does not mean he is any different than any of us. In fact, he is most likely better than most of us, myself especially. But maybe when you use this word you think you are just describing a situation or an action the you have deemed dumb, but this is not what the word means. Actually, as of 2010 the word does not really mean all that much.

My favorite person ever, my brother Evan and me

In 2010 President Barack Obama signed into legislation “Rosa’s Law,” which, according to President Obama, “…amends the language in all federal health, education and labor laws to remove that same phrase and instead refer to Americans living with an “intellectual disability.”

Obama explained in his speech that the law stems from a 9-year-old girl with Down Syndrome named Rosa who accomplished this same idea in her own state of Maryland.

Intellectual Disabilities are not limited just to Down Syndrome, but any disability that affects intellectual growth and function. These disabilities are not rare, they can be seen all over. According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, “approximately 6.5 million Americans” have some sort of an intellectual disability.

This blog is inspired not only by Evan but by all of the other 6.5 million Americans who can and are doing amazing things. Everyone is different, these are the people who happen to not only be different but also amazing. These amazing people will come from the East Valley area of Arizona, and hopefully their stories can inspire you.

Editor’s Note: If you are looking for something more to do to help out in a cause related to this check out www.r-word.org, an organization that is dedicated to ending this word.