Meet K. Leigh! This is her story as shared by Layne. "K. Leigh is an active adult. She enjoys playing her clarinet; participating in Special Olympics basketball, bowling and swimming; hanging out with her friends; texting her friends on her iphone and staying in touch by way of Facebook.
Because of her reliance on others she has had to work on being more pro-active and learn to speak up for herself. This has become one of her goals and she is very excited to share with us those moments of self-advocacy.
Having Down syndrome is not a "downer." Yes, you have limitations but that doesn't prevent you from doing many of the same things that your more able-bodied peers can do. You are able to lead a happy and productive life.
In 4th grade, the students in her full-inclusion class were asked if they were interested in signing up for band. Our daughter came home enthusiastically waving the notice and I must say we were skeptical at first - what instrument could she play? But with the help of a very dedicated music teacher who began teaching her by color-coding the notes, she learned to play the clarinet.
Today she has a wide repertoire of songs from Broadway tunes to movie scores to holiday carols and songs! You never need to remind her to practice her clarinet. She does that on her own!" K. Leigh, whatever we set our minds to, we are capable of achieving! You know this and put it into practice with your amazing clarinet skills! Keep on making this world a happier and more musical place with your music!
K. Leigh is #JustLikeYou
We are proud to celebrate Down syndrome awareness this month with Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
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