World Down Syndrome Day

Share the Love

Join DSANV in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on 3-21-2021! WDSD is an annual global event designed to “raise public awareness, promote inclusivity, encourage advocacy, and support the well-being of those living with Down syndrome.” DSANV is celebrating WDSD 2021 by encouraging you to Share the Love you feel for your family member with Down syndrome, with friends, families, neighbors, educators and classmates, the medical community and faith-based communities. Wear crazy socks* on March 21, forward this flyer, and/or consider making a purchase supporting one or more of the below businesses that support or employ individuals with intellecutal and developmental disabilities (IDD) to include Down syndrome.

*So… why the wild, mismatched socks?

“In 2013, the theme of wearing odd socks was initiated to raise awareness. Over time it has also been promoted as Lots of Socks. The idea was created because chromosomes are shaped “like socks” and people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome.” 

– excerpt from Arkansas Down Syndrome Association (ardownsyndrome.org, accessed February 2021)

More attention = more conversation. Go wild, Rock Your Socks, and advocate and celebrate individuals with Down syndrome! 

DSANV 2021 Calendar

Purchase a DSANV 2021 calendar featuring members from our 2020 Buddy Walk® teams who shared their dreams for the future in our Imagine the Possibilities slide show. The calendar also features DSANV 2021 programs and events. 

More Alike Than Different

Order a copy of ‘More Alike Than Different’,the autobiography of DSANV Board Member David Egan. Learn more about this accomplished self-advocate’s path to an internship on Capital Hill, competitive employment, and advocating disability rights around the globe as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger.

John's Crazy Socks

John, along with his business partner and dad of John’s Crazy Socks, has been ‘Spreading Happiness’ one pair of socks at a time. John happens to have Down syndrome and over half of their employees have differing abilities. Use code FG-DSANV21 at check out and receive a mystery gift and 10% of your sale will be donated back to DSANV!  

Flyer with details or view video with details!

Cameron's Coffee and Chocolates

Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates focuses on hiring employees with intellectual disabilities. The business is named after Jim and Ellen’s daughter for whom they saw a need for meaningful employment and a desire to offer this opportunity to the community of individuals their daughter met in her education journey. Check out their hand-dipped chocolates, fresh baked goods and coffee and specialty drinks – you’ll be sure to find a reason to return!

Melissa, a long time member of DSANV, works at Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates. Below you will see pictures of Melissa on the job. Also, DSANV wanted to Share the Love between Melissa and Eric! Enjoy this video celebrating the couple’s eight year anniversary. The video was made by DJ, Shawn Kirk who put on the 2021 Virtual Disco Valentine’s Day Disco Dance.

Bitty & Beau's Coffee

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee – it’s an experience. The shop is named by a brother and sister team who happen to have Down syndrome and run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the customers love the products, they really come in for the unique customer service experience. Visit them online or in person in Annapolis, MD.

Source America

SourceAmerica® connects the dots between precisely filled contract requirements, high-quality products and services, greater productivity, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. As an employment advocate for people with disabilities, we’re maximizing our impact by bringing the disability community together to create a powerful voice for inclusion. Together, we’re proving how successful and productive our nation’s workforce can be when people of all abilities participate.