March 21, 2015: Down syndrome Awareness Day

WHEREAS, there are an estimated 400,000 people in the United States with Down syndrome; and,

WHEREAS, people with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in social, occupational, educational, and recreational circles within our state; and,

WHEREAS, people with Down syndrome deserve fundamental human and civil rights and yet in many countries, people with Down syndrome are still not afforded those rights; and,

WHEREASstarting with Singapore in 2006, the date 3-21 has come to represent 3 copies of chromosome 21 and has developed into a movement to celebrate and value people with Down syndrome around the world; and,

WHEREAS, despite dramatic increases in lifespan and intellectual ability in the U.S., 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2015 as Down syndrome Awareness Day in Michigan.