October is the official month designated to create awareness about Down’s Syndrome. We would specifically like highlight the accomplishments of those with Downs and hopefully inspire others to recognize what an incredible asset they can be to your workplace, community or organization.
According to the Better Health Channel, “People with Down syndrome often have their abilities and potential underestimated. A person with this condition will achieve in many areas when offered the opportunity and are encouraged to do so.”
Today, those with Downs are setting higher and more aggressive goals and they achieve them. With more opportunities and the support of their families, friends, educators, community and employers, children with this condition will continue to increase in their abilities to grow and develop.
Downs superstars are all around us. Check out a few of these amazing examples!
- Edward Barbanell is a comedian. He has appeared in movies and TV shows like The Ringer and
- Karen Gaffney earned two gold medals in swimming from the Special Olympics and continues to break swimming records. Her documentary, Crossing Tahoe: A Swimmer’s Dream follows her nine-mile swim across Lake Tahoe. She is currently a motivational speaker and president of her own non-profit: The Karen Gaffney Foundation. This organization is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.
- Chris Burke is an actor who has appeared in a variety of TV shows and films. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the television series, Life Goes On!
- Madeline Stuart is a successful fashion model who walked the runway during New York Fashion Week.
At Education Associates, we believe that everyone can be Job Ready and Life Ready. We champion students, all students, to be their best selves. Our hands-on career education and life skills curriculum is specifically designed for all, regardless of disability, to learn career awareness and career readiness and find a career they enjoy.