Down Syndrome Awareness Month – an October Celebration [press release]

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis wants you to join our celebration!

Individuals with Down syndrome and the many wonderful gifts they bring into the world are a big cause for celebration. During Down Syndrome Awareness Month we get to dedicate the whole month of October to fully shining a light on those individuals. We will celebrate the abilities of those with Down syndrome through spreading awareness, and promoting advocacy and inclusion throughout the community.

For those of us who know and love an individual with Down syndrome, we get the chance to celebrate them and be an advocate for them every day. But, throughout October we have the opportunity to extend the celebration and advocacy of Down syndrome to others by promoting awareness and helping them to see the amazing abilities those with Down syndrome possess. By celebrating abilities, rather than disabilities, we can foster inclusion, understanding, and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome.

We strive to be a constant advocate and promote advocacy and awareness of those with Down syndrome and in October we step up our efforts to increase this awareness. Throughout October, we ask that you join us in this opportunity to really make others aware of the wonderful abilities those with Down syndrome have and the amazing accomplishments they achieve. Visit our Down Syndrome Awareness Month webpage or to find out how you can celebrate abilities this October.

Newest Down syndrome research out of John Hopkins

There’s a lot of buzz around the new study out of John Hopkins that seems to ‘reverse Down syndrome-like learning deficits in mice’. While the outcome of this study is an advancement along the path of improving learning and cognition in people with Down syndrome, the researchers of this study note that it does not constitute a ‘cure’ for Down syndrome.

To read the full study, head over to Science Daily and read a few other articles we found that talk about the subject:

Newest office volunteer: Meet Paige!

Our office is filling up for the fall! Last week, Paige joined Neha on our Thursdsay volunteer schedule. We are lucky to have Paige in helping us in the morning and look forward to seeing her each week. Paige wrote a little bit about herself to help you get to know her – but feel free to stop in and say hi anytime she is here!

Hi, my name is Paige Brune and I am 21 years old. I have one brother and his name is Stuart. He is married to Ellen and then live in Arkansas and have two dogs. Their dogs are Max and Riley. I have a huge family. Some live here and some live far away. I used to have a dog, but she passed away.

I also wear hearing aids. I speak English and sign language. I like to read, watch movies and shows, color, sometimes do paperwork, play with barbies and listen to music. I like all kinds of holidays, except Halloween. And I like all colors, except black. I use to live in Columbia and I lived [St. Louis] here since I was 9.