The Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey will Honor People with Down Syndrome on March 18, 2017 in Cranbury, New Jersey to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day a few days early.
March 21, 2017 marks the twelth annual World Down Syndrome Day, the sixth official date since it was recognized by the United Nations in 2011. People with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and supporters will be celebrating across the globe. Celebrated on the 21st day of the third month of the year, the date is symbolic of the third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down syndrome.
World Down Syndrome Day was established in 2006 by Down Syndrome International, with the goal of raising awareness and mobilizing support and recognition of the value, dignity, rights and well-being of people with Down syndrome across the world.
In Cranbury, New Jersey the Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey (DSACNJ) will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by hosting a Rock Your Socks Off Dance Party and Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit the DSACNJ. DSACNJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education, opportunity and enrichment to persons with Down Syndrome and their families in the state of New Jersey and surrounding areas. “We are a point of contact for information and support for families who have received the diagnosis either during pregnancy or after birth of their child. In addition, we educate our community at large about Down Syndrome with the hopes of breaking down barriers, eliminating misconceptions, and promoting inclusion for those with Down Syndrome,” says Melissa Burgos, President of DSACNJ.
“It is important to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 because there should be a day to celebrate the needs of people with Down syndrome. We are able to do things that other people can and can’t do – just like anybody from around the world,” says National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Goodwill Ambassador Chris Burke. “No matter who we are or where we live, give us a chance to do something with our lives so we can look forward to the future.”
There are approximately 400,000 Americans living with Down syndrome. It is the most common chromosomal condition. Join Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey on March 18 in celebrating the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The organization is also actively seeking sponsors and donors of good and services for the event.
Event information and registration can be found at: https://ryso.eventbrite.com