Mark Your Calendar! March 21, 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness event. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder, but there is still so much more we can do to improve acceptance, friendship, inclusion and respect.
March 21st will be our 2nd annual “Do a Random Act of Kindness” campaign .We encourage you surprise someone with a special act of kindness. There are so many ways to be creative and resourceful with your surprise.
Feel free to share your story on our Facebook site Sault Ste. Marie Down Syndrome Society or via email [email protected]
Around the world World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated through a variety of ways from wearing crazy socks or blue & yellow clothing, to celebrating by dancing for 3:21 minutes, painting your nails blue or conducting acts of kindness. How you choose to celebrate this special day is your choice because we are all unique! We encourage you to talk about Down syndrome on social media, discuss benefits of inclusion, help raise awareness in your community and teach others to see the ability.
Since 1993, the Sault Ste. Marie Down Syndrome Society has devoted our energies to providing positive images and inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome within our community. We distribute throughout the community our awareness calendars that highlight our local children along with inspirational quotes with a positive awareness message. The calendars are meant to act as a daily reminder for everyone to see, not the differences, but the sameness of children who are differently-abled. Look for our next calendar in the Fall of 2016.
In the meantime, celebrate with us however you choose on Monday March 21st, 2016.
Our mission is to promote the growth and development of individuals with Down syndrome so that their lives may be enriched and that they may reach their full potential as members of society in Sault Ste. Marie
*Down syndrome is a lifelong genetic condition from conception caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in the baby’s cells. All people with Down syndrome will have some degree of learning disability but many will go on to lead full and semi-independent lives. *There is estimated to be up to 7 million people who have Down syndrome living worldwide.