Live-blogging from Amarante, New Haven Connecticut.
Exclusive interview with Deb Selden, mother of Kirk Selder who lives with Down's Syndrome. Vantage provides group homes and other services to those with disabilities. Kirk was a speaker at the celebration.
JG: How did you feel when you found out that Kirk had a disability?
DS: I was initially crushed. My husband was too. We had a good cry. Then we asked, does the fact that this child has Down's Syndrome change the reason we became parents? We answered, no. Then we got on the horse and rode it.
JG: Do you still have bad days about Kirk?
DS: No, he's opened doors. I met all these people in this room, for example.
DS: It's not what you anticipated but you can learn to live there just as happily. Look at the strengths of your chld and enjoy that child. That child has the same needs as other children. Your life will unfold as that baby begins living his or her life.