The 21st of March is the International Day of Down syndrome. Reinforcing the date even further, the children’s book Joca e Dado: A different friendship was released yesterday, March 15, with a beautiful story that talks about respect and the importance of living with differences since childhood.
The book was written by entrepreneur and social entrepreneur Henri Zylberstajn, who is married to Marina and father of Nina, Felipe and Pedro, better known as Pepo, the youngest of the couple, who was born in 2018 with Down Syndrome.
The illustrations also serve an incredible purpose of giving space and opportunity for everyone! They were made by professionals with intellectual disabilities, such as Down syndrome and Autism, from the La Casa de Carlota studio.
The 1st edition of the work, also available in the audiobook version, will have the profit from sales reverted to the Serendipity Institute, NGO created by Henri, which works with the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
A little bit of the history of the Joca e Dado Book: a different friendship
The story of Joca e Dado shows a friendship built at school. Dado, who has Down syndrome, and his friend interact by exchanging experiences that point to the importance of living with diversity.
“This book was born from my experience as a father of children with and without disabilities, from the lessons learned from immersion in the ecosystem of inclusion and from my experience as a social entrepreneur. The content demystifies issues related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, so that we start to respect and appreciate human individualities even more, building a more plural, diverse and inclusive world”, explains Henri Zylberstajn.
Here is the relevant reading tip to encourage the habit in children and still teach about the topic so relevant!
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