Blog #200~World Down Syndrome Day
“World Down Syndrome Day is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 and its purpose is to raise awareness around the world of what Down syndrome is and the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our society. The day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012 and the date — always on the 21st day of the 3rd month — is meant to highlight the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which is the cause of Down syndrome.”
World Down Syndrome Day is an opportunity for all of us to promote awareness, understanding and inclusion. Lack of knowledge and understanding can prevent people with Down syndrome from being accepted and included in society. The message is simple, every individual is unique, we all have value, and everyone has the right to live a happy and fulfilling life. I heard a great quote the other day, “Down syndrome is just another way that humanity presents itself”.
So, how can we promote awareness, understanding, inclusion and acceptance?
Three Easy Ways To Promote World Down Syndrome Day:
1. Promote Down syndrome awareness on social media. Rock your funky socks and T-shirts. Let’s see them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share inspiring, beautiful pictures, stories and videos of individuals with Down syndrome. Tell us how an individual with Down syndrome has affected your life. Use hashtags, here are a few suggestions- #wdsd #downsyndrome #321 #abilities #inclusion #funkysocks #downsyndromerocks #PROVETHEMWRONG
My son Nick (pictured above) is 24 years old, and has Down syndrome and autism. We’ve joined Noah’s Dad-Down syndrome awareness in their campaign #PROVETHEMWRONG. More information at http://noahsdad.com/
2. Educate others about Down syndrome and encourage the use of person first language. This means saying, “a person or individual with Down syndrome”.
Do NOT say:
* “A Down syndrome baby, child or kid.”
* “Down’s baby, child or kid”
* “He or she has Downs”
3. Encourage inclusion in your community. What opportunities are available for meaningful jobs, volunteer work and other contributions for individuals with Down syndrome? Are there any fundraisers like the Buddy Walk, funky sock campaign or other local DS support group activities, that you could get involved in? Adults teens and children can volunteer to help with programs like the Special Olympics, Best Buddies peer program, and GiGi’s Playhouse.
Nick volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse…..
Here’s an amazing business: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee – it’s an experience. While the shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the customers love the products, they really come in for the unique customer service experience……..
Promoting awareness on social media, educating others about Down syndrome to use person first language, and finding inclusion opportunities are three great ways you can support World Down Syndrome Day 3/21/18! Help others to gain a better understanding, acceptance and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome. Let’s look past the diagnosis and see the uniqueness of each individual and their vital role to our society. I can’t wait to see your posts on social media and rocking those funky socks for WDSD 2018!
We Help Two funky socks available at http://www.wehelptwo.com/ ………
That’s what is in my noggin this week!
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