Author: Jen Franklin Kearns, ds-connex team member
This October, in observance of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are excited to once again recognize the Super Sibs of our loved ones with Down syndrome! Siblings tend to be very aware of the impact of having a brother or sister with extra needs, and we often hear amazing stories about how they love, encourage, and embrace both the highs and lows of their relationships with their siblings with Down syndrome. We want to take the opportunity to highlight these examples, because we believe that children are the key to a future of an inclusive world. Furthermore, we know that these Super Sibs are key players in leading this movement.
Please join us in applauding the amazing sibling relationships within the Down syndrome community. To view the submissions for 2017, please click: 2017 Super Sibs Album. The contest details are outlined below; we can’t wait to read about your Super Sibs!
Contest entries should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, beginning September 25th. All submissions will require a photo with a brief story (3-4 sentences) of how the sibling is supportive of their family member with Down syndrome.
We will accept submissions through the end of October. Randomly selected entries will be used as content for the ds-connex Facebook page beginning 10/1. All submissions will be included in an album to be hosted on the ds-connex Facebook page, which will be posted at the end of October. By entering into the contest, you are granting ds-connex permission to edit your submission for grammar and/or length, and use the submitted photo and story in ds-connex social media posts and website. We will only use the first name of siblings in our promotions.
(Please note: When submitting an entry from a mobile device, please be advised that the “connex” segment of our email address may be autocorrected, preventing your entry from reaching us. If you do not receive a confirmation of your entry, please try sending it again.)
We will have a random drawing to select 10 winners, who will each be awarded $25 gift cards. Winners will be announced on the ds-connex Facebook page on November 1st. Winners can select to receive an Amazon e-gift card, a Target gift card by mail, or a Barnes & Noble by mail.
Our son George Alexander Dewitt is an absolutely amazing, caring, kind, loving big brother to his younger brother Augustin Hamilton. George is awesome and silly at making Augustin burst into happy giggles and laughs. Our family is very appreciative and grateful for our loving boys.