March 21st is recognized as World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3.21), a day we celebrate everyone with a third copy of the 21st chromosome, or as we like to say, that "something extra." DSAMT celebrates in many ways, and we hope you will join us and participate in lots of the fun! Here are all the ways we will celebrate 3.21.2022:
DSAMT's Annual 3.21 Celebration
Due to pandemic, DSAMT will not host our typical celebration party. However, our County Friends of DSAMT groups are hosting events, and you are invited to any/all that you wish to attend!
Random Acts of Kindness
Everyone is encouraged to help us raise awareness with some Random Acts of Kindness! We can all use more kindness these days especially!
Down Syndrome Resource & Activity Package for Elementary Teachers
It’s important to have conversations with your students about disAbilities
like Down syndrome, whether you have a student with disAbilities in
your class or not. These resources and activities were created to help
you teach your students about what it means to have Down syndrome
and to be a good friend to everyone. We hope these discussions will
result in more friendships and improved attitudes towards acceptance
and inclusion of all friends, regardless of ability.
Each set includes one color printed copy of the packet, extraordinary friend gifts for each student and two books for the classroom.
Representative and DSAMT friend, Sam Whitson, is sponsoring a resolution drafted by DSAMT, which recognizes that persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and that certain terms and phrases that may cause harm to such persons need to be removed from common usage. Stay tuned for updates. It will be going before the House Committee on 2-23.
Support DS Businesses
There are many businesses that are owned or operated by people who have Down syndrome. If your favorite isn't on our list, please email Tanya@somethingextra.org.
Meredith Brunner Scholarship
At our 3-21 Celebration we will award The Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an individual with Down syndrome who lives in Middle Tennessee and is continuing their education at a post-secondary program. This fund was established in the fall of 2015 to honor DSAMT Board of Directors’ President Bob Brunner, whose exemplary dedication and effort serves as an example of everything that DSAMT strives to be.
Celebrate 3-21 in style with this year's 3-21 apparel. T-shirt style available in adult unisex or youth sizes. Must order by March 1st, so it arrives in plenty of time for 3-21.
Each year we accept your photos and create a customized image (shown above) to celebrate 3.21 that you can share on social media and with friends & family. Simply send in a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll make you a photo and post on our DSAMT Facebook page and email to you for you to share. It is a great way to spread awareness all month long!
Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate
In celebration of 3-21 and all our extraordinary friends, show your support by purchasing a Down syndrome awareness license plate - now available at your local DMV for just $35 more than your typical plate.
Penn Station Gives Back
We are excited to announce that we partnering with Penn Station East Coast Subs for a “Round Up for Down Syndrome” campaign. Anyone who eats at a Penn Station in the Middle TN area will have the opportunity to “round up their bill to support us! (Note that all Penn Station location across the country are participating and supporting their local Down syndrome organization.) This campaign will run from March 1-21. We hope to see you eating some yummy subs and supporting our local Down syndrome community.
Spread the Word - Inclusion
Help raise awareness about the hurtfulness about the r-word.
Email your OB-GYN
A core part of our mission at DSAMT is to improve the way physicans delivery the diagnosis of Down syndrome to parents. You can help by writing a letter to your OB-GYN. Many parents do this every year in celebration of 3.21, and we've created a template for you to customize. We encourage you to include a photo of your loved one, too. Please let us know if you send a letter.
Light it up Blue & Yellow
Once again the Gateway Bridge, which you can walk across, will be lit up yellow and blue in recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day on March 21, 2022. Stop by and snap a photo! (The above photo is compliments of Paperdolls Photography taken in 2017). Other locations will also be lit blue and yellow to include (TBD).
Golly G's Flavor of the Month for 3-21
In honor of 3-21, Golly G's has created a refreshing Lemon Blueberry scoop to represent the yellow & blue for Down syndrome! Sounds delicious. Stop by and enjoy!