October marks Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and abilities of people with Down syndrome. In honor of spreading awareness, the National Down Syndrome Society suggests a few ways for you to get involved.
- Participate in a Buddy Walk: This walk was established in 1995 to celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month. It began with 17 walks in 1995 to over 250 walks in 2011. Last October over 285,000 people participated in Buddy Walks and more than $11.2 million was raised to benefit local programs, services, and aid national initiatives. Visit BuddyWalk.org to find a walk in your area.
- Learn more with the My Great Story Public Awareness Campaign: The National Down Syndrome Society website created a place to honor people with Down syndrome by sharing inspirational stories by and about them. If you have someone’s story to share you can enter it here, but if you are interested in learning more and in being inspired, read the stories.
The National Down Syndrome Society website offers more resources, opportunities to get involved, and information about all of the celebrations occurring this October and throughout the year.