In the recap of the reader survey in January, I let you know that I planned to discontinue Sun-Beams as a weekly feature. Going forward, Sun-Beams will be a (mostly) monthly feature, but it will remain a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you.
Principal forces student with Down syndrome to remove high school letter jacket – Sigh. If this story makes you want to Do Something (like contact the school board, principal, and anyone else in that district who will listen), my friend Courtney can help you out.
Maysoon Zayid, Comedian With Cerebral Palsy, Explains How Social Media Has Empowered Bullies – I absolutely agree with her that we are sorely lacking in compassion these days, and I think social media does have a lot to do with it, as Maysoon says. In fact, I had a whole post in the queue for today on that very topic…
10 Things I Wish I Knew About ADHD as a Child – I don’t normally include stories on ADD/ADHD, but I thought this one was particularly good from the perspective of an adult. No one in my family has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, but Mr. Andi and both kids – especially Nathan! – show signs of it, so I’m interested in learning more.
Man with cerebral palsy completes Ironman Kona, conquers Mt. Kilimanjaro – What a great profile on a guy who’s just like everyone else…except for having cerebral palsy and that whole “willing to try an Ironman” thing. 🙂
Athletes Help Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Defy Bullies – I love, love, love this story because it’s not really about the girl with Down syndrome, it’s about the kids who go to school with her and consider her one of them.