Three Local Children Featured in National Down Syndrome Society Video
Three local children appeared in the bright lights of Broadway this past Sunday, September 21st, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
“This video is a terrific way to showcase some of the incredible individuals with Down syndrome living in our communities across the country,” says NDSS President & CEO Kandi Pickard. “It is something the community looks forward to every year.”
The photos of Royce Keys, Harper Szymanski and Blakely Price were all selected as three of 500 photographs that appeared in Sunday's video, streamed on NDSS social media from the heart of Times Square.
The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the New York City Buddy Walk, which will take place virtually due to COVID-19. Buddy Walk events will be held virtually in more than 150 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, this fall with over 325,000 people participating around the globe.
Locally, the Toledo Buddy Walk, presented by Little Caesars, will be taking place virtually on Sunday, October 18th. The event will be celebrated in a walk your way style with individual teams celebrating their loved one with Down syndrome in the style of their choice. Over 40 teams are expected to join the Buddy Walk celebrations this year.
All proceeds from the 2020 Toledo Buddy Walk directly benefit the programs and services of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo. The Association serves over 450 individuals with Down syndrome and their families across 17 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan. If you would like to learn more about the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo you can visit www.dsagt.org.
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS programming includes the National Advocacy & Policy Center, which seeks to create systemic change through engaged advocacy; the National Buddy Walk® Program, which honors and celebrates individuals with Down syndrome in local communities across the world, and other programs that provide support, informational resources and community engagement opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who love and support for them. Visit www.ndss.org for more information about NDSS programs and resources.