NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday marks the 11th annual World Down Syndrome Day, a day to encourage communities to have more inclusive environments.
The day is held every year on the 21st of the month to represent the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down Syndrome.
In New Haven Monday, people gathered for a photo shoot mural signing and celebration in the courtyard of Chapel Haven, a local organization that helps those with Down Syndrome live independent lives. “Chapel Haven has been teaching adults with Down Syndrome how to live happy, productive and independent lives since our founding in 1972,” said Chapel Haven President Michael Storz. “Our adults have their own apartments, work in satisfying jobs and have friends – all the hallmarks of a happy adult life! We look forward to recognizing our adults for all their amazing achievements.”
According to the National Down Syndrome society, there are approximately 400,000 people with Down Syndrome in the United States. For more information click here.