My 2½-year-old son, Troy Forrester, just happens to have Down syndrome. My husband, Mack, & I also have a 14-year-old son, Chancey, he just entered his freshman year in high school. Our dreams/goals are for Troy is to be treated with respect & not viewed as someone with a “diff”ability. We want him be happy, know he’s loved, & feel like he belongs in this world. The only thing we need for these dreams to come true is for society to accept him for who he is & be accepting of him. He is currently receiving physical therapy through Babies Can’t Wait & will begin speech therapy this fall. I can attribute his wonderful progress thus far to early intervention. If he can continue to have the therapies he needs, he can & will be a productive member of society. He also has a heart condition that will have to be monitored his entire life, so we will need health insurance. He currently has private insurance as primary & Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver Medicaid as his secondary insurance. Troy is a wonderful, determined little boy & if he’s included in the routine of day-to-day life, he’ll flourish! The one thing I want people to know about Down syndrome is that the extra chromosome doesn’t take anything away from the person. If anything, it adds to their character, their determination, & their ability to love. People with Down syndrome do the same things as people without it do, just at different times. They deserve to be respected & it’s my job to make sure they are!