Living with Down syndrome isn't easy, but 21-year-old Sean Adams is finding happiness through a positive outlook and the support of his family and friends at Easter Seals Louisiana. The Larose resident stopped in our Thibodaux office yesterday to talk to us about his newly published book on his life with Down syndrome, “I am Happy to Be Me.”
“Some people don't accept their disability. But I think everyone should know that I'm glad I have my disability. It's a gift from God that should not be taken for granted,” says Adams.
He also recevied a big congratulations from his support coordinators for his upcoming trip to the Special Olympics in New Jersey this summer. Adams will be competing as a swimmer and representing Louisiana on the national stage. Jaimie Bergeron, Adams' support coordinator, was thrilled to hear him talk about completing his book to the crowd and his plans for the big games.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Sean," says Bergeron. "As a Support Coordinator we see many negative situations and parents who are well meaning but overprotect their children and don't let them experience life for fear they will be hurt. Sean and his parents are an inspiration to other families, parents, and to the people who support these people. He has always told me that having Downs is a gift. He has never considered it to be a disability. Having him in my life is a gift. He is my inspiration to be a better SC to help and inspire other families."
Sean's family is selling copies of his book, “I am Happy to Be Me”, online for just $12. After expenses are covered Sean donates the proceeds to local charities in his community that help people living with Down syndrome. You can purchase your copy here: http://bit.ly/1ueITsr