Down Syndrome Creed

My face may be different
But my feelings the same.
I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains.
 I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in heaven
Looks down from above.
To Him I’m no different
His love knows no bounds.
It’s those here among you
In cities and towns
That judge me by standards 
That man has imparted
But this family I’ve chosen
Will help me get started.
For I’m one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
The same lessons as you
That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start.
The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I’ll do as you do
But at my own pace.
By Sharon Sudano
Published in Down Syndrome Today
Spring 1992 (p29)

10 Responses to Down Syndrome Creed

  1. Love the creed and your posts. Twins with Down syndrome … doubly blessed! Stay encouraged … what you are doing and sharing is wonderful.

    I am the Co-founder of IDEAL WAY a charity that supports individuals with Down syndrome. My nephew Robert was born with DS and is the Founder. Robert is an international motivational speaker who is a voice for his peers who cannot speak. He speaks for children with Down syndrome and the generations to come. Think you will enjoy visiting our website.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    • Maggie says:

      Thanks Addie. I have seen a video of your nephew before. I’ll be sure to check out the site. I hope my boys will someday follow in Robert’s footsteps in some way!

  2. We would like to thank you once more for the beautiful ideas you offered Jeremy when preparing her post-graduate research plus, most importantly, with regard to providing the many ideas in one blog post. In case we had been aware of your web site a year ago, i’d have been rescued from the useless measures we were participating in. Thank you very much.

  3. Michelle Cleugh says:

    I have a brother, Wright who died last year – October 27, 2010 He would have turned 50 on November 5, 2010. He was our older brother and growing up with a (older) sibling with Down Syndrome, I knew nothing different. My sister and I were blessed to have Wright in our lives –exactly how he was –so perfect! He taught us so much about the simple things, the important things. Although we miss Wright terribly, we are at peace knowing that he had a wonderful life, filled with quality and happiness. He never wanted for much but was really, always happy. He loved being with people and what he valued most was realtionships. We now know that he was brought here to teach us!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Maggie says:

      Michelle — Thank you so much for sharing that. I worry about the impact of The Boys’ Down syndrome on my daughter–their big sister– who may well end up helping to support them when they’re older (and I’m gone). I’m glad that your brother having Down syndrome was a positive experience/influence overall. I keep telling my daughter that she needs to see her brothers the way I do, as a gift to all of us!

  4. kathy van aken says:

    Did you write the creed? can it be copied?
    I would love to have it for our youngest daughter.
    thank you,

    • Maggie says:

      Kathy, I did not write it. The author is unknown so feel free to take it for your daughter.
      Thanks for visiting. I’m going to get back in the blog saddle here soon.

  5. Sharon Sudano says:

    Hello Maggie, My name is Sharon Sudano. I am a freelance writer and the author of the poem “The Down’s Baby Creed.” I wrote it back in 1992 and it was published in “Down Syndrome Today” in the Spring 1992 Issue (page 29). The magazine has ceased publishing. Somehow, my work found its way onto the Internet and I have seen it reproduced numerous times attributed to “Author Unknown.” I am glad and appreciate that it has had an impact on so many through the years! I am writing to ask that if you use it, to please attach my name as author of it as it is copyrighted. Thank you.

    • Maggie says:

      Sharon – You are the first and only person ever to claim authorship of this poem to my knowledge. As such, I will gladly attribute the Down Syndrome Creed — as I’ve heard it generally referred to as — to you as published in Down Syndrome Today, Spring 1992 (p29). May I be so bold as to suggest you rename it in a people-first-friendly way (versus the socially unacceptable “… Down’s Baby…” title you’ve given it.

  6. Sharon Sudano says:

    Maggie – The poem appears on many websites with various titles! And I thank you for the suggestion (and the reason) to change it. However, at the time, the editor of the magazine, Deborah Hoeft, approved the copy. In the meantime, could you please correct the spelling of my last name to “Sudano” on the by-line? Thanks!

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