At Adore Your Place we are all passionate about Giving Back and living a compassionate life. This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and we wanted to encourage you to understand the condition more and provide you with ways to volunteer your time or to make a donation.
The National Down Syndrome Society is the perfect place to start; their mission is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.
What is Down Syndrome? In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.
How common is it? Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, or approximately 6,000 births per year. Today, there are more than 400,000 people with Down syndrome living in the United States.
I read an article written by photographer and blogger, Kelle Hampton pictured here. She shares 10 things she learned from her own 3-year-old daughter! The article is insightful and heartwarming. Read more here to hear Kelle’s perspective and to dispel some of the myths you might have heard. Also check out Kelle’s blog, it is a great read with beautiful images, Enjoying The Small Things.
My daughter has the opportunity through her High School to volunteer for the McAuley School for Exceptional Children; a private, non-profit day program for students with multiple disabilities. The goal of McAuley School is to assist the cognitively impaired person (ages 5-21 yrs) to become as independent and productive as possible; thereby gaining acceptance as an equal and contributing member of society. The program she volunteers for is called The McAuley Kids Club.
The club consists of a group of student volunteers and faculty advisers. They organize social events, a prom and fundraisers like Pasta Night for the kids at McAuley School. This is a picture of Sarah and a student at a McAuley Kids event where they had a blast playing games and exercising.
Thank you for listening to your heart,