As October winds down, CEC looks back at a month that recognizes Down Syndrome Awareness. All over the country, multiple organizations showcased a variety of activities held to support the Down syndrome community. Some highlighted showcases included:
- The National Buddy Walk® Program: Walk Together for Down Syndrome
- 2015 Times Square Video: Get in on the Action
- My Great Story Campaign: Share Your Story
- A presence on Social Media with hashtag #DSAM15
- Open Resources to Educate Friends, Family and Community on Down Syndrome
Recently Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives released a statement on what Down Syndrome Awareness month means to her, as a Representative of the nation and Cole’s mother. Cathy states, “I’ve learned a lot from my son Cole. I’m a better person and a better legislator because of his impact in my life. I am proud to be a part of the disability community. I am reminded every day of the tremendous possibility of every life and to celebrate what every person has to offer.”
CEC presented McMorris with its 2015 Outstanding Public Service Award at its 2015 Special Education Legislative Conference. In acknowledgment of her unwavering dedication and the difference it has made in the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Children was honored to recognize Representative McMorris Rodgers.
Click here to see the interview with Cathy McMorris Rodgers.