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Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

5960 Dearborn Street, Suite 100
Mission, KS 66202
913-384-4848 Phone
913-384-4949 Fax
info@kcdsg.org

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There are a number of organizations supporting the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. We all share a common goal. Yet, Down syndrome lacks a common identity. So we created one. This universal symbol of DS brings forward in a unique way the one thing that makes Trisomy 21 special—one extra chromosome. With this universal symbol we hope to gain better awareness and ultimately create better outcomes for the individuals and families affected by DS.  

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

 

As an advocate for value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, consider some of the following ways to celebrate, raise awareness and foster acceptance throughout the community!  #DSAM2015

1. Carry Out a Random Act of Kindness—every day of the month

2. DSG is active in social media — follow us and share/re-tweet/re-post to start an online conversation!

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3. Register, Donate, Create a Team or Join a Team for the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 17, 2015!

4. Be an Active Member—Events are FREE and are for you!  Are you looking to meet other families? Are you looking to learn? Check out the DSG Calendar of Events.

5. Educate — friends, family, and community members with factors, stories, news articles or videos

6. Share Videos—See a list from YouTube below!

7. Share information—Facts About Down Syndrome Brochure, People First Language, Myths & Truths are all available from the DSG!

8. Send a photo to DSG—we are always looking for high resolution images of our members

9. Volunteer—at events, on a committee or consider applying to the Board of Directors

10. Register with the NIH Down Syndrome Registry

11. Ask a local business to donate a portion of sales to the DSG

12. Provide a copy of the Healthcare Guidelines to your physician

13. Distribute an OB/GYN packet to your doctor at your next visit.

14. Got SWAG?  We will have new shirts for kids and adults at the Step UP Walk!  Shop Now!

15. Help Fundraise for DSG—Dress Down, Band Together, or Ask your employer if they have a donation matching program.  DSG needs your help so that we can continue our programs and outreach to benefit our community for the years to come.  Contact DSG for more information.  

16. Make sure you are signed up for our DSG E-blast Newsletters

17. Have your mayor make a proclamation—Download a template from DSG

18.  Help Individuals Reach Employment Dreams—HIRE someone with Down syndrome or set-up an informational meeting with our Employment Specialist.  

19. Social Media Blitz -- Change your Facebook profile picture or cover photo.  Visit www.kcdsg.org/Awareness.php for awareness photos.  Post a picture-a-day of your loved one with Down syndrome.  Share videos fostering awareness like “Just Like You” or “Don’t Limit Me.”   Re-post, re-tweet, pin to Pinterest and hashtag #DSAM2015

20. Ask Your Local Library -- to set up a display of up-to-date books about Down syndrome.  If they don’t have a set, purchase a DSG Book Bundle for them!  Request a letter from DSG to send to your local library.

21. “Me Too” -- Submit photos of inclusion in action to info@kcdsg.org for a “Me Too” video to celebrate awareness in our community. (i.e. You like music? Me too!)

Email info@kcdsg.org to request DSG materials to help with any of the above suggestions. Go forth and create awareness!!!

Share a Video A Day!

 View 31 videos highlighting the lives, abilities, and possibilities for people with Down syndrome in our community.  #DSAM2015

Proclamation Template

Have your mayor make a proclamation recognizing October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Download a template from DSG

Dine Out for DSG!

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Print the flier and bring it with you to 54th Street Bar & Grill inLee's Summit on Oct. 7, 2015 between 11AM-11PM and 15% of your check will be donated to the DSG in celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month!