As we wrap up celebration of World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), I am catching up on stories in the news about people with Down Syndrome. The story of Tim Harris of Tim’s place has been especially intriguing. Tim, a 27-year-old man with Down Syndrome, owns and operates a restaurant in New Mexico and made news headlines across the country last week. Click here to view an article about Tim’s Place on the Today Show’s website.
However, NPR’s coverage of the Tim’s Place story stole my heart. In an interview with Tim and his father, the public radio station let us hear Tim’s story in his own voice…and his own words. I heard the story last week while getting ready for work, and it brought tears to my eyes. As I listened again writing this post, I am again crying knowing that Harrison has the whole world in front of him, just like Tim.