Bulgaria is not alone. There are countries in this region and on other continents, in which the developmentally challenged do not get the attention, love, care and respect they deserve. According to the Association of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome, it is very hard to find a kindergarden space for a child with the Down Syndrome, or an inclusive school. On top of that, teachers in Bulgarian schools do not seem to be trained for inclusive classes.
The association mentioned wants to raise awareness. They want to promote respect and inclusion for children and adults with 47 chromosomes, a number which causes the Down Syndrome. The latter is usually connected to intellectual challenges for the people affected. It can also cause developmental delays as well as thyroid or heart disease. This genetic disorder is not curable, but modern treatments can help parents or families to manage it.
In order to inform people, the Association of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome organizes the event “47 Smiles”, in Varna’s Seagarden, once a year. It is an exhibition of 47 pictures, showing wonderful photos of children and adults with the Down Syndrome. This year’s edition can now be viewed, until September 15th, 2016.
Picture by Association of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome.