October 2016: Down Syndrome Awareness Month
WHEREAS, approximately one in every 691 children is born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 6,000 births per year in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, there are currently over 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, while research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected, more investigation is needed into the causes and treatment of Down syndrome; and,
WHEREAS, despite progress, there is still much work to be done regarding the rights to equality, inclusion, education, medical care, research and support for people with Down syndrome in the U.S. and abroad; and,
WHEREAS, possessing a wide range of abilities, people with Down syndrome are active participants in educational, occupational, social and recreational circles of our communities; and,
WHEREAS, during this month we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support individuals with Down syndrome and their right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in their achievements and inclusion in their communities so that they may reach their fullest potential;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Michigan.