Gov. Carney recognizes World Down Syndrome Day in the first state, proclamation signed
DELAWARE – Delaware Governor John Carney signed a proclamation recognizing World Down Syndrome Day. Governor
Carney was joined by state leaders as well as the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. It’s a day to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Every year on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is observed to create awareness about Down Syndrome.
We spoke with Jon Buzby, with the Special Olympics of Delaware who says this is commendable. He tells 47 ABC, this creates fairness in the ability of people who have down syndrome, and makes people aware of just how talented they are.
“It celebrates how far people with down syndrome have come but it also continues to open the doors for them in the future and their opportunities whether it be in school, in the workplace, or the community,” says Buzby. He adds, “You hope that maybe this proclamation is a one-time thing here in the state of Delaware because it’s not necessary for the future because we all are aware of the abilities of down syndrome in people.”
Buzby says he hopes this proclamation encourages businesses to look into hiring those with down syndrome or another disability.