October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!
Down Syndrome Awareness Month is chance to spread awareness, advocacy and inclusion throughout the community. During the month of October, we celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. And we have friends everywhere helping spread the word -thanks to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon officially proclaiming October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
So, you’re excited about all of the possibilities for October, but now the question is“What can I do to spread awareness for the many amazing people with Down syndrome?”
Lucky for you, we have some ideas.
Make a difference with the time you have
Maybe you have 1 minute to spare, maybe you have an hour. No matter how much time you have there are ways to help spread awareness.
Spread the word on social media
NEW! Join our new Facebook discussion group, Sharing Our Strategies (SOS). Anyone can join this private online forum designed to give our community a place to share what works, what doesn’t and to ask questions to others who have been through the same experience.
Join our Talent Show
Share your photos with us
We just love seeing photos of all of the great people with Down syndrome in our community, and we share them on Facebook too! If you want to share your photos with us, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share with the world!
Plaster your neighborhood with posters
This year, we created a series of posters featuring some of the great people in our community. We want to get them all over the area, and if you want to help feel free to download them in the links below and print to put up in your neighborhood!
Be part of the national Down Syndrome Registry
A new Down syndrome patient registry, funded by the National Institutes for Health, launched in September and aims to facilitate contacts and information sharing among families, patients, researchers and parent groups. Visit the registry online to make your family part of this historical resource.
It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities – celebrate with the DSAGSL!