October 2015: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

WHEREAS, approximately one in every 691 children is born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 5,000 births per year in the United States, including an estimated 145 Michigan babies born with Down syndrome each year; 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 and individuals with Down syndrome to support the equal opportunity and right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in their achievements, inclusion in their community and reaching their fullest potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Michigan.