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World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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In 2011, the United Nations (UN) declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Each year, organizations and individuals around the world gather on March 21st to recognize and celebrate the important role that people with Down syndrome play in our communities. In its resolution, the UN “[recognizes] the inherent dignity, worth and valuable contributions of persons with intellectual disabilities as promoters of the well-being and diversity of their communities, and the importance of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices.”

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This is a month for advocacy, awareness-raising, and promoting causes that positively impact the lives of people with Down syndrome across the country. The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) offers some ideas for getting involved with Down Syndrome Awareness Month nationwide and in your community:


Here are some facts about Down syndrome from NDSC’s Down Syndrome Informational Brochure (also available in Spanish):

  • Down syndrome occurs when a baby inherits one extra chromosome at the time of conception. There is no known cause. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status.
  • In the United States, approximately one in every 700 children is born with Down syndrome.
  • While exact numbers are not known, it is believed that between 250,000 and 350,000 people in the United States are living with Down syndrome.
  • Down syndrome is not a disease or i
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World Down Syndrome Day


Today is World Down Syndrome Day, an international day of awareness and advocacy. Check out to learn more about World Down Syndrome Day and view the call to action. 


Is your organizaton or agency doing anything to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

girl with pink glasses and surprised faceClick on the sponsors below to learn more about events taking place in your area in recognition of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Date Location Sponsor  
10/21/17 Lodi The Brighterside of Down Syndrome of San Joaquin County  
10/21/17 San Jose Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network -Bay Area  
10/22/17 Ontario Inland Valley Buddy Walk and Family Festival  
10/22/17 San DIego San Diego Buddy Walk  
10/28/17 Bakersfield Bakersfield Buddy Walk  
10/29/17 Anaheim Orange County Buddy Walk  
11/4/17 Menifee Rockin' Around the Buddy Walk  
11/5/17 Los Angeles Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles  










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Ask the Expert: World Down Syndrome Day

world down syndrome day logo with heart shaped 21World Down Syndrome Day is next Tuesday, March 21, and will be recognized globally on six continents. In preparation for this event, Dr. Mary A. Falvey, Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, joins us today to answer some questions about Down syndrome.

Early Start Neighborhood: Dr. Falvey, what is Down syndrome?

2128963?profile=RESIZE_180x180Dr. Falvey: Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions, also known as Trisomy 21, and is caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of a chromosome. It is typically associated with delays, low muscle tone, characteristic (e.g., a single deep crease across the palm of the hand, a slightly flattened facial profile, upward slant to the eyes), and mild-to-moderate intellectual delays.  However, it is important to keep in mind that each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.

Down syndrome is named after , the British doctor who described the syndrom

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Now is your chance to "Ask the Expert"!

Mary FalveyMary Falvey, Professor Emeritus with the Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles, is standing by to answer your questions about Down syndrome. Dr. Falvey's expertise is in moderate-to-severe disabilities and inclusive education. Her research interests also include the provision of effective communication skills, strategies, and supports for students with significant communication disabilities. She teaches courses on collaboration between special and general education, methods for effectively teaching, assessment and instruction for students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings, and research methods.  Dr. Falvey is also the aunt of a 27-year-old young man with Down syndrome who lives with her. Submit your questions here and look for her answers in March in time for World Down Syndrome Day.

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