Jasmine Mason’s son Nolan turned three this past summer. The oldest boy in a growing family, he is a curious and friendly kid who scampers about the family room playing with one colourful toy after another and who is more than happy to share a goldfish snack with his mother on a grey and chilly Wednesday morning. He is also one of roughly 45,000 Canadians living with Down syndrome. “Nolan’s been a great teacher,” Mason said, sharing that although there has certainly been a learning curve involved with being the parent of someone with Down syndrome, there have also been many joys. “He shows us a lot of unexpected things,” she added.
Prior to her son’s diagnosis, the young mother and teacher from Cleveland said she didn’t personally know anyone else living with the condition although she had some awareness of it as a potential form of special need she could come across in the classroom. See full story in the Friday, October 26 edition of The Record.