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 3.21.2023:
DSAMT's Annual 3.21 Celebration
DSAMT encourages you to celebrate with your friends & family on March 21st, but we invite you to celebrate all of those with something extra at our annual World Down Syndrome Awareness Day Celebration on March 26, 2023 from 2pm-4pm at the Al Menah Shriners NEW location 1604 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210.
There will be performances by some extraordinary friends, balloons with the Shriner's Clowns, music, and a light lunch!
Location: Al Menah Shriner's Temple: 1604 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210
Random Acts of Kindness
Everyone is encouraged to 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. These are available to elementary schools in Middle TN (40 counties). If the school is located outside of Middle TN, there is a fee.
3-21 Yard signs to raise awareness for families
Celebrate our Extraordinary friends with Down syndrome with a yard sign to raise awareness about Down syndrome. These are free to order for families and friends of DSAMT in Middle TN to celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. If outside of Middle TN, there is a fee for the signs.
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, youth sizes and onesies. 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 using the button below, and we'll make you a photo, which will be posted on DSAMT's Facebook and Instagram pages and email to you for you to share. It is a great way to spread awareness all month long! We'll also use those photos for our awareness video.
Down Syndrome Awareness Facts and Customizable Images
New in 2023! DSAMT has images for each of the first 21 days of March, which you can use as they are or can customize with Canva to include your own photos and then share.
Customizable Facts through Canva
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.
Click here for more information
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, so you can support at ANY Penn Station location.) This campaign will run from March 1-21. We hope to see you eating some yummy subs and supporting our local Down syndrome community.
Down Right Delicious Dog Treats by Callie's Give Back
Order specialty decorated dog biscuits for 3.21 for your fur babies and a portion of your purchase will be donated to DSAMT. Support this young woman with something extra in her new business today!
Spread the Word - Inclusion
Help raise awareness about the hurtfulness about the r-word.
Email your OB-GYN
The core DSAMT's mission 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
If your business or organization will be lit up blue & yellow on 3-21 or have other celebration plans, please let us know so we can include here! Email The Gateway Bridgealecia@somethingextra.org.
The Gateway Bridge - will be lit blue & yellow on 3-21
Mt Juliet Police Headquarters - will be lit blue & yellow March 15-21
Do Something Extra Day Robertson County Chamber of Commerce - A
random act of kindness, an extra lap at the gym, complimenting a stranger, picking up trash in your neighborhood, purchasing the persons coffee in line behind you, etc. #RobCoExtra321.
Golly G's Blue & Yellow Flavor & Fundraiser