October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, and we’ve got 5 ways you can join the celebration!
1. Join the 21 Day Inclusion Challenge
With the 21 Day Inclusion Challenge, it’s all about completing tasks related to a personal goal of your choice, for a total of 21 days out of the month. Why 21? Because Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial additional copy of chromosome 21.
Your personal goal can be a physical one, such as walking, running, biking, or planking. Or you can be a part of the community challenge.
With the community challenge, you aim to complete an act that benefits the community for 21 days out of the month. These acts can include raising awareness for Down Syndrome by posting on your social media sites, performing acts of service or kindness, or reading inclusive books to your kids.
For added benefits, you can also join the 21 Day Challenge Fundraiser. Not only will you help raise money for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), but you’ll also have the chance to earn some rewards and get cool swag! It’s as simple as joining their Facebook group, setting up your own personal fundraiser page, sharing it with your followers, and keeping them updated on your accomplishments.
2. Share Fact Cards Created by the National Down Syndrome Society on Your Social Media Sites
The NDSS has created fact cards for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. You can download them and share them on your social media channels to spread awareness. They even have editable versions you can download, edit as needed, and then share online.
3. Make a Donation to NDSS and Send an e-Card in Honor of Someone
When you make a donation to NDSS, you can send an e-card to let them know you’ve donated in their honor. Your donation can be one-time or set up to reoccur each month.
Lend your time and talents to one of the many organizations that advocates, educates, or provides services to people with Down Syndrome and their families. From helping out with special events and fundraising to photography and marketing, you can find a volunteer opportunity that aligns with your skill set and time availability.
5. Advocate for Employment Opportunities
October is also National Disability Employment Month. Obtaining meaningful employment is essential to the independence and self-esteem of all people with disabilities, including those with Down Syndrome.
In your workplace, advocate for more inclusive hiring practices by encouraging your employers to consider the talents and abilities of people with Down Syndrome. If you are in a position of hiring influence, create internships or entry-level positions that would accommodate people with disabilities.