March 2, 2012

3:21 Day 2

So, World Down Syndrome Day. What can you do to help?

Well, I'm glad you asked. The National Down Syndrome Society and Down Syndrome International have put together all sorts of ideas and information for people to have easy access to and make it able to share. One of the easiest is the 21 Facts about Down Syndrome worksheet they have made available here.

Want a more tangible way to help than just learning some facts? The NDSS and DSI have both put together t-shirts and merchandise that you can purchase and wear to show your support for the 400,000 people in the US and over 5 million people worldwide who carry that extra chromosome. The NDSS shirts can be found here. The children's t-shirts are only $15 with free shipping with the added bonus that $5 from every purchase is sent to the NDSS. The downside to this company is that they only provide the 3:21 shirts in kids sizes 2T-5T. They also have adult t-shirts of a more subtle design (look under Signature shirts), but honestly, I wish they'd made the yellow shirts in all sizes. They are pretty stinkin' cute. I've purchased one for Luke, so we will model it once it arrives. Rumor has it that you must order by March 12th to receive it before March 21st.
These are Kelle Hampton's daughters showing off the NDSS 3:21 shirts. I am a little obsessed with cute little Nella.  Can you blame me? Check out Kelle's blog and her new book! She's my favorite DS parent blog.
If you aren't lucky enough to have kiddos in the 2T-5T range, DSI has also produced t-shirts and other gear that have the official World Down Syndrome Day logo on them. You can find them here. As far as I know, they do not send part of the proceeds to DSI, but they do have the larger kids sizes.
I wasn't able to find any t-shirts or gear for infants, so I went to cafepress.com and designed one myself. It should come in soon, so I'll let you know if it's worth spending the extra cash on to have one for the under 2 crowd.

So, go forth and outfit yourself in 3:21 gear and bone up on your facts so you can answer all the questions people ask when they see your awesome shirts.

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