Socks

This may seem like an odd topic to come from a professional staff member of a Project that helps students and teachers learn and teach in a fun, accessible way, right!?… not really. Here’s what I have noticed.

Socks can be fun. I have always enjoyed expressing myself through my sock selection. I’ve even noticed our Director, Daniel, enjoys wearing creative, colorful socks. We’ve had a few enlightening conversations over socks. In fact, I decided pink flamingo socks would be the perfect birthday gift for him last year and he concurred with his reaction once received.

My Kindergarten grandson just experienced Silly Sock Day at school. Ok, I get it…people young and old(er) get a kick out of showing off their personalities through their chosen socks.

Socks can be accessible. What? 

Let me explain. This year, I came across John’s Crazy Socks. I read and felt inspired by John, a young man with Down Syndrome. I read his story and mission which screams accessibility. The key statement John makes regarding accessibility is: We want to show the world what is possible. We want to show the world what people with differing abilities can do when given a chance. We know that people with differing abilities are ready, willing and able to work. We make this happen in ways large and small.

My interest was piqued when I learned of the late President George H. W. Bush’ involvement with John’s Crazy Socks. President Bush has longed championed the rights of people with disabilities. John’s desire to connect with people through socks led John and President Bush to form a bond over their love of crazy socks and their commitment to the possibilities in all of us.

Come to the PATINS/IN*SOURCE Tech Expo on April 4th for a chance to win a pair of John’s Crazy Socks. It’s not too late to register. Four pairs of John’s Crazy Socks will be part of the lineup of many Door Prizes available to our attendees. 2 pairs of Autism Awareness Socks and 2 pairs of Down Syndrome Awareness Socks. 

We will also have Exhibitors available to you for those specific disabilities and many more. Please join us for a day of professional learning and fun.

Today is a meaningful day to post my blog…March 21, 3:21 World Down Syndrome Day. This is a day we celebrate all who have Down Syndrome. We celebrate their accomplishments and the joy they bring to the world. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st for 3 copies of the 21st chromosome (which is what causes Down Syndrome)

Happy 3:21!

   



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Comments 5

Guest - Jessica Conrad on Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:13

What a great idea for a give away! I agree, a little flair and joy is a great way to bring awareness and celebration of the diversity of humanity.

What a great idea for a give away! I agree, a little flair and joy is a great way to bring awareness and celebration of the diversity of humanity.
Guest - Julie on Friday, 22 March 2019 05:48

This is FANTASTIC!

This is FANTASTIC!
Guest - Katie Taylor on Monday, 25 March 2019 09:35

SOCKS were also a fun topic and hashtag at ATiA conference this year! Happy 3:21!

SOCKS were also a fun topic and hashtag at ATiA conference this year! Happy 3:21!
Guest - Bev Sharritt on Monday, 25 March 2019 11:31

Love this, Glenda! What a creative idea for door prizes. I'm going to check out John's Crazy Socks for Easter baskets.

Love this, Glenda! What a creative idea for door prizes. I'm going to check out John's Crazy Socks for Easter baskets.
Sandy Stabenfeldt on Monday, 25 March 2019 12:42

Good job Glenda! Who doesn't love socks!

Good job Glenda! Who doesn't love socks!
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