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October 2023: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, is the most common chromosomal variation in the world, found in people of all races, ethnicities, and economic groups; and,

WHEREAS, individuals with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, resulting in developmental delay, characteristic physical features, and an increased risk for certain medical conditions; and,

WHEREAS, approximately one in every 772 children is born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 5,100 births per year in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, while medical advancements and interventions have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected, continued research is needed to better understand the pathophysiology of Down syndrome and to develop new clinical and behavioral treatments; 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 United States and abroad; and,

WHEREAS, people with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in the 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 the Down syndrome community to support equal opportunity and the right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in individual achievements, inclusion in the community, and reaching one’s fullest potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2023 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Michigan.