Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Got socks?

Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day!

The United Nations has designated March 21, 2013 as World Down Syndrome Day, a day to recognize terrific individuals who have Down syndrome. Countries from around the world will be wearing Lots of Socks to celebrate! I want everyone I know, either in real-life or this blogging one to participate.
DS Day
On 3/21/13, to celebrate the unique Down syndrome person, please participate in Lots of Socks! I am inviting you (and everyone you know) to wear brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, long socks, short socks, printed socks, one or two or three socks. If socks are not your style consider wearing a blue or yellow t-shirt in recognition of our friends who have Down syndrome. Or better yet, do both!

This is a great way to demonstrate that although the socks are different, they are still socks. Just as a child with Down syndrome (or any special needs) is still a child.

For those who may not know, children with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome 21, giving them 3. The good news is that with knowledge and medical advances the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has risen from age 25 in 1983 to age 60 today! People with Down syndrome attend school, work and participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. And while all people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, the effect can range from mild to moderate to severe.

So just like any child, a child with Down syndrome has unknown possibilities.

I hope you and your children will celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome by wearing lots of socks on 3/21.
For more information:
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
http://www.mdsc.org/
National Down Syndrome Society
http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/
World Down Syndrome Day
http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/

12 comments:

  1. Will so be doing this Kerri and thanks for sharing and the reminder, too!! :)

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  2. I tweeted and posted to FB and I'm posting the image on my sidebar!

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    1. Woo hoo thanks Sylvia I am sure Bethany will rock her socks!

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  3. What a great idea. The kids will love this!

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  4. Different socks, love the symbolism. We have a Buddy Walk in our area. Our next door neighbor has Down Syndrome so instead of just contributing, my kids decided to walk as well. I was so proud of them.

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  5. You.Are.So.F@@king.Cool. Seriously. I already laid out these really uglyass holiday socks my mom bought me. Yes, I am 44 years old and my mom sent me socks that have happy face Santa's on them, with the nose as a pom-pom and everything. I have NEVER worn them, because duh. But I am totally gonna wear them tomorrow!! Of course, after that they may have to end up in the donate bag. But I am okay with that. :D

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    1. You didn't have time to find pretty socks? :)

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  6. What a great idea Ive got my socks on right now

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  7. Thanks Keri for the awareness blog. Had no clue about it, until now.

    Will wear it today!

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  8. Thanks everyone for making this a great day

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