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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

For many of us, every day is a chance to promote Down syndrome awareness—advocating for our children to be included in school and community activities, highlighting their talents, giving them opportunities to show just how much they have to share. The calendar, however, provides us with one month during the year when we can really step up those efforts. Here are some suggestions for how you might promote Down syndrome awareness in your community:

October 2010 Public Awareness Activities:

Book Donation:
NADS board members are distributing books on Down syndrome in their local communities. 

Artist Showcased:
Michael Johnson, a local artist with Down syndrome, will have his work showcased at Soothe Your Senses Salon, 6260 N. Broadway in Chicago.  NADS posters and bookmarks will be available at the Salon as well.

Reverse Trick or Treating:
One family is promoting awareness by reverse trick or treating.  This year as they go door to door asking for candy treats throughout the neighborhood on Halloween night, they also will give a treat.  A lifesaver stapled to a NADS bookmark with a small label that reads “Thanks for all the support that this community has shown our family.  It is their attempt at wider public awareness and it rests on the belief that the simple act of one person saying thank you for kindness can be very powerful.  And if a child (especially a child with Down syndrome) gives this to an adult—it’s doubly powerful.  What better public awareness can you have?

Suggestions?

If you have any successful public awareness strategies, we would love to hear about them. Please send your stories/suggestions to info@nads.org, and we will share them with others on our website.