Down syndrome is the most common identified genetic disorder affecting approximately one in every 700 live births. It is a chromosomal disorder and comes in varying degrees of learning disabilities from very mild to severe. Today, children with Down syndrome are usually educated with their typical peers. However, early intervention is crucial for a child with Down syndrome.
The local Down Syndrome Association is preparing their kids for the future by offering educational and social opportunities such as sign language, music therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, math classes, reading classes, and nutrition and computer classes. Their desire is to equip members with the tools and experiences that will lead them to the highest level of independence and productivity and to support the families therein. The Association also wants to enhance public awareness and promote acceptance of the abilities and gifts of people with Down syndrome.
The support from the community is how Buddy Walk makes a variety of social and educational programs possible throughout the year. The festivities will begin at 11am and the walk will begin at 1:30pm. This event will feature fun for the whole family with live music, a petting zoo, and fellowship.
If you cannot walk physically on October 11, consider walking to the online giving website to support inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. For more information or opportunities to give, contact Stephanie Barbee at (979) 778 7610 or visit, dsabv.org.