Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Wok This Way is a way to empower special needs individuals and make a change. This was inspired by one of the company’s co-owners. Jake was born with down syndrome and now at only 16 years old, he is an incredible chef and owner of the food truck.

This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And, we are taking the time to raise awareness and advocate for the many people with Down syndrome.


What is Down syndrome?


Down syndrome is when a person is born with an extra chromosome. This condition may cause mental and physical differences. But, those with Down syndrome aren’t defined by their condition.


People with Down syndrome have goals and aspirations just like everyone else. They can live on their own, get married, start families, drive, and have careers. The biggest challenge is fighting the stereotypes and myths that surround the condition.


Participating in Down Syndrome Awareness Month


There are many ways to get involved this October. Here are a few easy ways to participate:


1. Become an advocate


As an advocate, you can help spread awareness and advocate for the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.


To become a world Down syndrome advocate, check out:


DSNetwork

World Down Syndrome Advocates


2. Use person-first language


Person-first language is a compassionate and simple way to fight the stigma surrounding people with disabilities. It places emphasis on the person rather than the disability.


Put people first by saying “person with Down syndrome” instead of “down syndrome person”.


Use emotionally neutral expressions and say someone “has” Down syndrome, not that they “suffer” or are “a victim of”.


Emphasize someone’s abilities and not their limitations. For example, say someone “uses a wheelchair” not “wheelchair-bound”.


Use preferred language, like “accessible” parking space or hotel room and not “handicapped”.


For more on First-person language, check out this awesome handout:


DSAGSL Language Guidelines


3. Help fund needed research


There is a lack of funding for research that would benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome. This research could help schools learn the best practices for teaching. It could also aid in lowering health risks commonly associated with Down-syndrome.


To donate funding to this needed research, please visit:


Global Down Syndrome Donation Form