From The Tribune Staff Reports
HOOVER — Down Syndrome Alabama (DSA) will celebrate National Down Syndrome Month in October, with October 1 being Down Syndrome Day. Alabaster, Auburn, Birmingham, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, Mobile, Mountain Brook, Opelika, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills are some cities whose mayors throughout the state of Alabama have presented DSA representatives and families with proclamations.
DSA will have many fun activities throughout the month and will end with their annual STEP UP for DOWN SYNDROME Walk on Sunday, October 24. DSA’s Home Office in Hoover, along with the DSA West Alabama Satellite (Tuscaloosa area) and the DSA Auburn/Opelika Satellite, will all three hold STEP UP Walks on the same day. Attendees can expect entertainment and kid-friendly activities at each walk location.
STEP UP for DOWN SYNDROME is DSA’s largest fundraiser of the year. All are welcome to attend. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sponsor or register, please visit www.downsyndromealabama.org.
All festivities will be outside, and DSA has asked everyone to be responsible and follow local healthcare guidelines.
The mission of Down Syndrome Alabama (DSA) is to provide lifelong awareness, acceptance, and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome. This mission is accomplished by providing connections, actions, resources, education, and support to members and the community. One in every 700 babies are born with Down syndrome, representing approximately 6,000 births per year in the United States. Recent advancements in Down syndrome research have proven that early intervention, education, social support, therapeutic care, and positive public attitudes improve each individual’s chances of living an independent, productive, and satisfying life. www.downsyndromealabama.org