Our Values

We believe that people with Down syndrome are just as capable of the level of capability determined as average for people without "disabilities." What prevents people with Down syndrome from achieving their full capability is being intentionally, and unintentionally, discriminated against, and mistreated, by their families, societies, education systems, medical care providers, and governments. Even if a person with Down syndrome's family treats them as they would any child without a disability, they are still impacted by their societies, education systems, medical care providers, and governments. We know that if people with Down syndrome are treated equally to how anyone without a disability would be treated by their families, societies, education systems, medical care providers, and governments, they can graduate from high school, graduate from college, find careers, become entrepreneurs, get married, start families, and more. 

We believe that people with Down syndrome should not be denied basic human rights or freedoms because of they have Down syndrome. For example, being given the same treatment and opportunities as anyone without a disability would be by their families, societies, education systems, medical care providers, and governments; marrying; starting a family; etc.

We believe that people with Down syndrome are unique in the fact that they have the natural ability to unconditionally love others. Unconditional love does not mean that you like everyone, nor does it mean you excuse cruel words or actions. It also does not mean you are constantly happy, kind, or in a good mood. Unconditional love is the ability to immediately see the humanity of others, and to approach and treat others with respect, no matter their words or actions. For example, many people with Down syndrome would still include someone who has never included them.

We believe that people with Down syndrome should be the leaders of the movement to save Down syndrome. While support from family, friends, and others is very important, the voices of people with Down syndrome should not be quieted, or silenced, by the voices of well-meaning others. In other words, an ally's advocacy for people with Down syndrome should involve lifting up the voices of people with Down syndrome more than it involves lifting up their own.

We believe that the act of genocide, committed by encouragement, pressure, or force, of mothers to abort every baby that would be born of a certain race, gender, "disability," etc. is an inhumane crime. We do not actively support the pro-life or the pro-choice movements, due to when we take action with the goal to end the genocide of people with Down syndrome, the debate of the morality of abortion as a whole distracts others, overshadows the actions, and "road-blocks" the movement. The debate of the morality of abortion as a whole can be had elsewhere, but as far as Save Down Syndrome is concerned, the morality of abortion as a whole is not a topic we will address or take action on.

We believe that all people with all "disabilities" are affected by the same/similar genocide, mistreatment, and discrimination that people with Down syndrome face from their families, societies, education systems, medical care providers, and governments. Save Down Syndrome is in support of all people with "disabilities," and focuses solely on people with Down syndrome due to the fact that people with Down syndrome are openly targeted more often than those with other "disabilities." 

We recognize the humanity of every person regardless of "disabilities," races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, religions, etc. While we do not support the beliefs or actions of anyone who demonstrates hatred toward others, we still recognize their humanity, and love them (not their words or actions) just the same as anyone else. We must all work together to save Down syndrome, and that includes showing others compassion and starting constructive conversations, even if they do not show the same to others.

We believe that while politics is important, it is not our place to support any politician or political party as an organization. Politics has its place, but if we want to save Down syndrome, we need to put those boundaries aside and work together despite political affiliations. We welcome people of all political affiliations to join our movement. We may support certain laws regarding ending the genocide, discrimination, and mistreatment of people with Down syndrome, regardless of the affiliation to a specific political party or politician. We may support specific actions or words of a politician if the specific actions or words support ending the genocide, discrimination, and mistreatment of people with Down syndrome. This does not mean that we support the politician, nor does it mean that we do not support the politician- it is possible to remain neutral while supporting their specific actions or words.

We believe that while religion is important, it is not our place to support any religion or religious figure as an organization. Religion has its place, but if we want to save Down syndrome, we need to put those boundaries aside and work together despite religious affiliations. We welcome people of all religions to join our movement. When someone in our movement includes their religion in their work to save Down syndrome, this does not mean that we support the religion, nor does it mean that we do not support the religion.

 

OUR HISTORY

 
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Save Down Syndrome, Inc. was founded in September of 2018 by Kaitlin Pepper, in honor of her brother, Austin Pepper, who has Down syndrome. Along with the first board members, Lindsay Robertson and Ellie Fizer, Save Down Syndrome has grown into a large organization with a global presence. Ending the genocide, discrimination, and mistreatment of people with Down syndrome has always been, and will always be, the main goal of Save Down Syndrome.

Pictured: Kaitlin and Austin