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World Down Syndrome Day celebrated

Tuesday of this week, March 21, was World Down Syndrome Day. This is a day where people with Down syndrome are celebrated, and their accomplishments and unique contributions to our community are recognized. At the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO), it’s our favorite day!

At DSACO, we know firsthand that people with Down syndrome are capable of many things. We get a front row seat as children, teens and adults with Down syndrome achieve their goals – whether it’s getting a job, living independently, learning to read, or getting married – we are there to support them every step of the way. We love watching their dreams come true.

Even though people with Down syndrome have much to contribute, society doesn’t always see it that way. The opportunities available to people with disabilities are not the same as those of the typical population. Seventy percent of people with developmental disabilities are unemployed. Parents may struggle to find after-school care or summer camp opportunities for their children. Maintaining friendships may be challenging.

We need more people in our community to give people with Down syndrome a chance and to invest in their potential.

At DSACO, we offer a variety of programs and services to support individuals with Down syndrome, from birth into adulthood. We also have community outreach programs that allow us to educate others about Down syndrome, and how to create more inclusive communities. But our programs only exist thanks to the generosity of our donors.

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, and of the 700 people with Down syndrome who live, work and go to school in your community, please consider a gift to DSACO. We need volunteers every single week to help us run our programs. We need specific donations for some of our programs, such as paper, books or gift cards. And we need financial donations to continue to run and grow the important programs that we offer. 

Just to show you how far your donation will go: a donation of $100 will send two children to our summer Basketball Camp. A donation of $250 will provide food for cooking classes to 25 teens and adults. A $500 donation will support two parents support groups for a calendar year.

To see a list of our current needs, please visit www.dsaco.org and click on “volunteer” or “donate.” Thank you for joining with us as we work to create community where every individual is accepted, respected and included.

 

Jill Harrison

Jill Harrison is the executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. Read more ›

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