“When we tell stories, we touch hearts.” -Jean Vanier
Jean Vanier, a Canadian philosopher and humanitarian who welcomed people with disabilities into his home wrote, “When we tell stories, we touch hearts.” After I received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome with our daughter Elyse, it was the words and stories of other parents that would mend my heart.
Common Threads is a blog project, a compilation of stories written by Canadian individuals with Down syndrome and their family members. Each story serves to support, advocate and inspire.
- Support individuals with Down syndrome and their family through real stories.
- Advocate alongside individuals with Down syndrome for equal rights by showcasing their truth and humanity.
- Inspire and change perceptions; to educate in matters of the heart.
Common Threads: chromosomes are thread-like structures and what we all share in common is our humanity.
When we share our stories, we weave together common threads, themes in the universal matters of the heart that allow us to stand united and be strengthened as a community.
Common threads is a place to share our trials and triumphs, our joys and our grief, our tears of sadness and our many tears of gladness.
Our stories are real and imperfect. Our stories matter and have heart. Our stories are human as we all are.
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How to Submit Your Story to Common Threads:
Please consider submitting your uniquely Canadian story if you are a self-advocate (person with Down syndrome) or parent or other family member to a person with Down syndrome. Stories should be a maximum of 1500 words and pertain to the life of an individual with Down syndrome. Your story can be of the everyday; heartfelt, comical, or tragic; cover a lifespan or a moment in time, as long as it serves to either support, advocate or inspire*. Please do your best to edit and revise your story and submit a polished draft. To submit, please use the webform below. You will be notified of receipt and if your piece has been selected before it appears on Common Threads.
*In submitting, you are agreeing to allow Adelle Purdham to reprint, edit (for grammar, spelling, syntax and clarity), and post to her site adellepurdham.ca. Submitting does not guarantee your story will be published. Some stories may be considered for a future publishable compilation. Thank you!