World Down syndrome Awareness
World Down syndrome Awareness Month is celebrated each October and offers a time to raise awareness of people with Down syndrome and their right to be accepted and included as valued and equal members of the community.
An entire day in March is dedicated to global awareness for Down syndrome - March 21 - and has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The 21st day of the 3rd month was chosen for World Down syndrome Day (WDSD) to represent the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, the genetic cause for Down syndrome.
What is Down syndrome
Data and Statistics
Down syndrome continues to be the most common chromosomal disorder. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, which is about 1 in every 700 babies born. Data/Learn more at CDC.
Community Partners and Local Events
- Omaha: Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands
- Join Omaha’s fall DSA Step Up Walk
- Lincoln: Down Syndrome Association for Families
- Join Lincoln’s fall DSAF of Nebraska Step Up Walk
21 Things Parents Wish They Knew From Day One. Read article, by Laura T. Coffey, USA Today
Learn more from these trusted national organizations.
- National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
- National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)
- Down Syndrome International
Down Syndrome Awareness specialty license plate75% ($30.00) of each Down Syndrome Awareness message plate purchased goes to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Down Syndrome Clinic.
With Us Not For Us
Down Syndrome International's campaign message is key to a human rights-based approach to disability.
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Links and Resources
Buy a Book
Support people with Down syndrome or other developmental/intellectual disabilities through giving to organizations that make a difference by helping people who are #DifferentNotLess
Rock Your SocksWhy do we do that? The idea was created because chromosomes are shaped “like socks” and people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome.
Support Inclusive Hiring
Celebrate a business owned or operated by people who have Down syndrome
The employers below know the value of hiring people with disabilities. An easy way to support disability employment is to support their business! Please note, this is not a complete list of inclusive employers in our area and only includes businesses with whom we have direct and personal knowledge of inclusive hiring.
- Munroe-Meyer Institute
- Easterseals Nebraska
- Embassy Suites
- Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
- NP Dodge
- Sodexo at Nebraska Medicine
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- Trailblazers at MMI-UNO
- Heartland Workforce Solutions
- Madonna School & Community Based Services
- Prosper Workforce Services at Autism Action Partnership
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Web page updated on 10-2-2023.