The New Canaan YMCA and 21 Strong partnered to host their 11th annual World Down Syndrome Day celebration on Sunday, March 26, open to all ages and abilities in the community.
World Down Syndrome Day takes place annually on March 21 to signify the uniqueness of triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. The awareness day aims to raise awareness and understanding of Down syndrome to create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome around the world.
As part of its commitment to serving individuals with special needs and their families, the New Canaan YMCA hosts its World Down Syndrome Day celebration each year in partnership with 21 Strong, a local organization in Fairfield County comprised of families who came together because their lives have been enriched by Down syndrome.
Over 200 individuals attended the World Down Syndrome Day celebration at the Y on Sunday, March 26. The community event featured a variety of family-friendly activities including fun in the Kid Zone, music, a photo booth, crafts, sports, martial arts, dance jam, games, and more, celebrating the abilities of individuals with down syndrome in the community. This meaningful event came together thanks to event volunteers, participants and their families, Y staff, and 21 Strong.
Carolynn Kaufman, Director of Special Needs Programming at the Y shared, “This event has become an annual tradition to celebrate all abilities and welcome families and friends of the Down Syndrome Community to come together and enjoy a day at the Y together. We pride our Y in being an inclusive environment for all that offers a variety of opportunities for everyone to participate in, and this celebration truly embraces that.”
Guisela Lombardo, 21 Strong Co-founder shared, “World Down Syndrome Day is a great event that brings the community and families who have kids with Down Syndrome together to celebrate. We love partnering with the Y—we love working with Carolynn, staff, and volunteers to bring this wonderful event to the community.”
The New Canaan YMCA serves over 130 children, teens, and adults with special needs each year through meaningful programs, events, and resources. For additional information, contact Carolynn Kaufman, Director of Special Needs Programming at the Y, at 203-920-1656 or [email protected].