National Down Syndrome Month

Down syndrome is a fairly common issue witnessed across the United States. However, unless someone has had a child with the condition, worked closely with an affected individual, or studied it in the medical field, odds are, they’re clueless on the condition in general. This is why National Down Syndrome Month is so important. It exists to educate and bring awareness to the condition. 

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Down syndrome is a disability. However, the creators are adamant about stating that the month isn’t about glorifying disabilities. The month is about celebrating those who live with the disability and rise above it. To celebrate the accomplishments despite the disability. Further, there can be a lot of misconceptions about the condition and its limitations on those who live with it. Down syndrome month provides a platform to correct the false information being passed around as well as break the stigmatism of those who have the condition.

The motto for the month is, “It’s not about disabilities, it’s about abilities.” Too many times, those facing down syndrome in their daily life are defined by their disabilities. The month of October is used to focus on breaking the chains of this disability and to redefine those who have the condition. To define them as something more than someone who has a disability. They are capable of so much more than they’re given credit for and they deserve to have a voice. 

Nation Down Syndrome Month gives those dealing with the condition a platform to be heard. Rallies and events all across the United States gives them an opportunity to speak about what it’s like to live with the condition. They get to speak about experiences, burdens, frustrations, victories, accomplishments, and goals. They get to focus on forgetting about the disability they have and focus on their life and who they are as an individual. 

How Can I Get Involved?

As always, educating yourself is the best first step to getting involved with supporting any cause. This allows you to answer questions and raise awareness using the appropriate information and facts. Secondly, bringing up the topic with friends and family allows you to spread awareness which in turn allows them to be properly educated and spread awareness as well. The ripple effect is the best way to invoke change around the globe. Thirdly, if you would like to get involved even further, volunteering or hosting your own event is an amazing way to make a difference in someone’s life. If you don’t have the time or ability to get involved by hosting an event or volunteering, monetary donations are always needed to support individuals and their families that are affected by the condition. In general, use the month of October to refocus your mind on how it defines those with Down Syndrome and work to spread that newfound focus far and wide.