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March 21, 2023: Down Syndrome Awareness Day

WHEREAS, on average, about 165 babies are born with Down Syndrome in Michigan each year, and about 6,000 nationwide; and,

WHEREAS, there are more than 250,000 individuals living with Down Syndrome in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition that results in individuals being born with an extra copy of chromosome 21; and,

WHEREAS, while research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the lifespan and potential of those who are affected, more efforts are needed to understand why Down Syndrome occurs and what factors play a role in its occurrence; and,

WHEREAS, possessing a wide range of abilities, people with Down Syndrome are active participants in educational, occupational, social, and recreational circles within our communities; and,

WHEREAS, individuals with Down Syndrome should have an equal opportunity to chase their dreams, take pride in their achievements, be included in their community, and reach their fullest potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2023, as Down Syndrome Awareness Day in Michigan.