October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the United States. The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) was instrumental in establishing this official month over thirty years ago in concert with its mission to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness MonthSince 1995, NDSS has highlighted the annual celebration through the National Buddy Walk® Program, which seeks to promote the NDSS mission on a local level with over 250 Walks expected in 2013. Last year, over 295,000 people participated in Buddy Walks throughout the country, which together raised over $11.75 million for local and national initiatives.

This year, the National Buddy Walk® Program is supported by the Emmy-award winning children’s entertainers, the Imagination Movers, who have brought the energy and enthusiasm of their motto, “Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!” to the Buddy Walk® public service announcement. The PSA is available in 60-second, 30-second and 15-second versions.

“Buddy Walks are fantastic events where smiles are shared, hugs are free, games are played and most importantly, footsteps are heard as we all walk together to support people with Down syndrome,” said Imagination Mover Scott Durbin.

NDSS prides itself on its vast and up-to-date information, and invites everyone to take advantage of both our print and digital resources.

“Down syndrome awareness is very important to us,” said NDSS Goodwill Ambassador Chris Burke, who played Corky on Life Goes On, the first major character in a network television series with Down syndrome. “People with disabilities need a lot of love, support and encouragement to achieve our fullest potential.”
NDSS offers a range of ideas and ways to get involved throughout Down Syndrome Awareness Month at www.ndss.org/DSAM2013
About the Buddy Walk®

Since 1995, the National Buddy Walk® program has grown from 17 Walks to over 250 Buddy Walk® events taking place in cities across the country and in select international locations in 2013. This year’s National Buddy Walk® Partners are BandAbout, Down Syndrome Footprint, GoodThreads, Imagination Movers, Knology, Signing Time, Vacation Roost and Woodbine House. To learn more, visit www.buddywalk.org.

About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization representing the approximately 400,000 Americans who have this chromosomal condition. NDSS is committed to being the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. To learn more about NDSS, visit www.ndss.org.

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month