#Take5forDS on World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is Monday, March 21, 2016! It is a day where the world comes together to celebrate loved ones and individuals in their communities who happen to have an extra 21st chromosome (3-21).

On World Down Syndrome Day, we invite you to #Take5forDs! Take five minutes to educate yourself, friends, family, or community members on what Down syndrome is and the importance of advocacy/inclusion for those with Down syndrome in society.

Portrait of beautiful girl on the playground

Below is a list of ideas for how you can use your 5 minutes to support individuals with Down syndrome:

Education

What is Down syndrome?

What is it like for a parent to receive a Down syndrome diagnosis?

What resources are available for parents?

What are common misconceptions about Down syndrome?

How do I find a Down syndrome organization in my community?


Advocacy

What is the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act?

Learn more about the ABLE Act in your state

Learn more about Buddy Walk® on Washington

• Check to see if your local school district has a Buddy Program where students are paired with peers who have disabilities to promote friendship and inclusion

• Save the date to participate/volunteer in your local Down syndrome organization’s fundraising walk


Inclusion / Awareness

See firsthand the power of inclusion

Purchase a Down syndrome awareness item

• Share the Your Next Star video with your company

Make a donation to your local Down syndrome organization

• Tell someone you know who has Down syndrome how important they are