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World Down Syndrome Day~ Rock Your Socks

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World Down Syndrome Day~ Rock Your Socks

Mark your calendars for 3/21/17, that’s World Down Syndrome Day!

“World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.”

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One of the trademarks of World Down Syndrome Day, is rocking your socks!  This year I have a partnership with We Help Two, to advocate,  raise money and awareness for Down syndrome.  It’s easy and fun way to help out by ordering some cool, funky socks. We Help Two, sent me sample packages of these socks.  They are really bright, fun and well made.

You can purchase these socks at $15.oo per 3-pack, and it will be mailed to you, using 2-day shipping.  A large portion of the proceeds from this campaign will go directly to the National Association for Syndrome, (NADS) http://www.nads.org.

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AND ON TOP OF THAT for every pack of funky socks sold, We Help Two will give a pair of warm, thermal socks to donate to our local homeless shelter.

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Help Nick and I knock the socks off World Down Syndrome Day by raising awareness, along with buying and wearing some funky socks.  You’ll be supporting NADS and helping the homeless.  That’s a win win for everyone!

To ORDER your FUNKY SOCKS click here:  

https://my.wehelptwo.com/campaign?reset=1&id=373

Hurry and order yours today so you can rock your socks on 3/21 WDSD!  Thank you in advance for helping us, and spreading the word that Down syndrome rocks. That’s what is in my noggin this week.

~Teresa 🙂

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Winter 2017 Update

Winter 2017 Update

I hesitate to call this a “winter” update, as we’ve been enjoying a string of mild, 65 degree days here in the Chicago area.

Hot tub in February, no jacket required…..

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My son Nick, just celebrated his 23rd birthday a few weeks ago.  He has Down syndrome and autism.  He has been going to an adult day program, for the past year.  The program offers a variety of enriching activities, which he completely enjoys.  In addition, Nick does many community outings with his awesome respite caregivers, Jodi and Lara.  They go out to eat at a variety of restaurants, to the movies, library, and parks.  Nick loves being out and about, in the community.

We have been very active in our local Down syndrome support group, The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS).  Even before we relocated to the Chicago area, NADS was instrumental in providing information and support for us.  They have been a vital resource for our family, and many others in the Chicagoland area.  To find our more information about The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS), click here: http://www.nads.org.

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The NADS Bowl-A-Thon event, is coming up on March 5th.  This event, is the single largest fundraiser for NADS.  This year, Nick has a fundraising page for his bowling team. You can click on the link to support Nick’s Elbow Bumpers Team and NADS:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nick-unnerstall/nads-32nd-annual-bowl-a-thon 

Big Guy’s signature elbow bump with his brother, Hank…..

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One more update, I want to briefly mention is coming up on March 21st, which is World Down Syndrome Day. 

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“World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.”

One of the trademarks of World Down Syndrome Day, is rocking your socks!  This year I am working on partnership to raise money and awareness for Down syndrome, where you can purchase some funky socks.  I’ll be posting more information about this next week, on this site and the social media sites listed below. Stay tuned……

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The Down syndrome community has supported Nick and our family, so much over the past 23 years.  These fundraising efforts are the least that we can do to give back, and help other families going down the same path. Having a community of support has helped us to navigate Nick’s world. Now at age 23, Nick is a very happy, young man who enjoys life.  That certainly brings a smile to my face. 🙂

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That’s what is in my noggin this week! 🙂

~Teresa

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Blog 139~World Down Syndrome Day 2016

Blog 139~World Down Syndrome Day 2016

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Today is the United Nations official recognition of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)!   The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

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“Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable variation worldwide. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues” Courtesy of Wikipedia

Each year the voice of people with Down’s syndrome and those who live and work with them join together to focus attention on what it means to have Down syndrome and how those with the condition play a vital role in communities across the world.  My son, Nick is 22 years old and has Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) and autism.  He has touched more lives than I could have ever imagined.

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Events to raise public awareness to create a single global voice are listed on their website: www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.

Our local support group here in Chicago has been a lifesaver for 15 years. Check out their site, it’s loaded with good information:  National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) http://www.nads.org.

Nick participating in music therapy at the NADS Retreat….

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NADS is doing a 21 Day challenge.  Click here if you would like donate just $21 @http://nads.us10.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=9922ff656d4cb30bb58c685cc&id=26f657228a&e=9cb0029bf5

How does the future look regarding research and Down syndrome?  LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation leads the charge in cognition science and research http://www.lumindrds.org:

Their mission is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech for individuals with Down syndrome so they can:

*Lead more active independent lives

*Participate more successfully in school

*Avoid early onset of Alzheimer’s disease

In the U.S., there are 250,000-400,000 persons with Down syndrome and these individuals are 3-5 times more likely to develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Despite these numbers, there remains a great need for pharmacologic therapies to improve learning and behavioral challenges, as well as the increased likelihood for Alzheimer’s disease in persons with Down syndrome.

Today,  LuMind is hosting a virtual run fundraiser. In addition, there are other opportunities for runners to raise money towards this cause.  Click here for more information: http://www.lumindrds.org/ . Follow them on Facebook @LuMind RDS

Happy World Down Syndrome Day from Nick!  He’s an awesome guy.  The future looks bright and I look forward to sharing more about his journey. Thank you for reading and sharing WDSD 2016. Has someone with Down syndrome touched your life? I’d love to hear about it. That’s what is in my noggin this week.

~Teresa

Nick in the Diveheart Scuba Program, never set limits….

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World Down Syndrome Day

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!!!

This Saturday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day!

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder (www.worlddownsyndromeday.org)  

Big Guy Nick 🙂

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Help me spread the word on social media.  Click on my blog to find out more about WDSD @https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/blog-89-world-…n-syndrome-day/

Thank you for reading and sharing this information about World Down Syndrome Day.  That’s what is in my noggin this week.

~Teresa 🙂

 

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Blog #89~ World Down Syndrome Day

Blog #89~ World Down Syndrome Day

The United Nations official recognition of World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st. “Each year the voice of people with Down’s syndrome and those who live and work with them join together to focus attention on what it means to have Down syndrome and how those with the condition play a vital role in communities across the world.”  Click on the site below to view events to raise public awareness to create a single global voice @www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.

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According to Wikipedia, “Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable variation worldwide. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on 21 March 2012, “On this day, let us reaffirm that persons with Down syndrome are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all.”

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World Down syndrome Day.org gives this message on it’s website, “People with Down syndrome face many challenges as children and adults which may prevent them enjoying their basic human rights. Many people often fail to understand that people with Down syndrome are people first, who may require additional support, but should be recognised by society on an equal basis with others, without discrimination on the basis of disability.”

Big Guy, Nick 🙂

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My son Nick, is a young adult who has Down syndrome.  He has so much to offer and has brought so much joy to the world.  He’s made me a better person in the process.  If you would like more specific information on Down syndrome click here @https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/blog-26-down-s…wareness-month/

Please help me spread the word about World Down Syndrome this week on social media.  That’s what is in my noggin this week. 🙂

~Teresa