When I was 9 years old, a psychologist told my parents I had a low IQ because I was born with Down syndrome.
Seven years later, I graduated high school as class valedictorian. At the age of 20, I received a bachelor’s degree in arts with a major in history. Today, I am a pre-school assistant teacher, a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador and Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. I am also the 2020 UNESCO Global Champion for Inclusion in Education.
I don’t think about what that psychologist said when I was a child, but I wonder how many children with disabilities are not fulfilling their potential because someone once said they couldn’t.
We can be more — and do more. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
The recently released “2020 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report” (GEM) states that children and youth