Today is World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.
At Flatrock, we have a number of residents with Down syndrome, a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. They may have some physical features common to the syndrome, and may have developmental challenges. They all have a right to be accepted and included as valuable and equal members of our communities.
Many Flatrock caregivers have shared how much they have learned from residents with Down Syndrome, and the importance of remembering these individuals are not just their “syndrome.” They are their own unique persons with their own aspirations, abilities and preferences.
Each year for World Down Syndrome Day, the voices of those with the syndrome and others advocating for their rights, inclusion and wellbeing, grows louder. Join in this movement by taking the 21 day challenge to learn about, advocate for, and support people with Down syndrome.