Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part CI: Who Am I Now?

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Professionally, I’m Steve Hawley or just Steve. I don’t have a really high profile, but I’ve certainly affected the software world and maintain an appropriately public enough profile. But that’s my job. That’s a relatively small proportion of my day compared with the rest of the time.

To my kids, I’m dad or daddy. Occasionally, I’m ‘Steve’, but that usually elicits a hard stare over the top of my glasses. After all, there are only two people on the planet who can call me ‘dad’, so they should enjoy that particular privilege.


Largely, in my community, I’m “Alice’s Dad”. When I go out in public, I usually hear it as, “oh, you’re Alice’s dad!” Ohhhhkayyyyy. Usually, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop in terms of something she did for which I need to be called out, but to date, it’s been good.

There’s a local group, Whole Children, which specializes in classes and activities for kids with special needs and more and more, Alice has been involved with this group, so there she is on the cover of their summer flier. It won’t be the last time, I’m sure. And it means that there will be more people who will spot me and greet me with, “oh, you’re Alice’s dad!”


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