It is finally our favorite time of year! October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time when we give recognition, raise awareness, and celebrate all the individuals who have the extra chromosome and the extra brightness!
What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra copy or part of a copy of chromosome 21. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, about 1 in 700 babies in the U.S. are born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition. Now more than ever, people with Down syndrome are more integrated and included in society and many attend school, go to college, have jobs, volunteer, and live healthy productive lives. There are many community organizations that provide services, resources, and inclusion programs to support individuals with Down syndrome and others with intellectual disabilities. There are also many ways you can join the cause and do your part in helping shine a light on Down syndrome and these beautiful people!
How can you help celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month all year long?
Join your local Down Syndrome Association events
An association near you will most likely be hosting their annual walk during this month, and luckily the DSASTX will be hosting its 22nd Annual Walk & Stroll on October 29th! Raise awareness about Down syndrome by taking part and participating in this year’s walk or join events that are celebrating Down syndrome throughout your community!
Educators, parents, and even you can teach children and adults about Down syndrome by sharing presentations, books, and personal stories that encourage inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. There are many organizations that provide free educational services for all people to learn more about the condition, as well as many opportunities to volunteer and learn from individuals with Down syndrome themselves!
Post about Down syndrome awareness month
In today’s era of social media, posting on social platforms has been a big way of having your voice and other voices heard! Use the hashtag #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth on your posts that highlight information about Down syndrome or the individual in your life who we celebrate all month long!
Make a difference by giving your time to an organization that supports Down syndrome education or provides services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. If you’re looking for a local organization, the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas is full of opportunities for you to volunteer and support those with Down syndrome. To find other organizations in your area, click here.
Let’s celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of those with Down syndrome all month AND all year long, continue to break down barriers, and spread the word about awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome throughout EVERY community.