March 21st is recognized as World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3.21), a day we celebrate everyone with a third copy of the 21st chromosome, or as we like to say, that "something extra." DSAMT celebrates in many ways, including an annual family/community event.
DSAMT's Annual 3.21 Celebration - Virtual Party
3.21 is celebrated across the world in many different ways. DSAMT encourages you to celebrate with your friends & family on March 21st, but, due to the pandemic, our traditional huge family party will be online and filled with music, stories, prizes and more! We hope you will plan to join us! The party will start on Sunday 3-21-21 at 1pm.
Request a Yard Sign to Celebrate 3-21
Because we can't gather this year, we want to help everyone celebrate in their own neighborhoods and communities. You will start plenty of conversations and spread awareness about Down syndrome when you post this sign in your yard in March! There is no cost for this sign, but orders must be placed by February 28th in order to be received in time for 3-21!
Down Syndrome Resource & Activity Package
DSAMT has created a resource & activity package for elementary school teachers. This packet will help you teach your students about what it means to have Down syndrome and to be a good friend to everyone. We hope these discussions will result in more friendships and improved attitudes towards acceptance and inclusion of all friends, regardless of ability.
Packets include a flexible curriculum complete with fun activities to engage students' interests, a printable coloring book, one copy of the following books: My Friend Isabella and Eli, Included, an awareness gift for each student and an awareness sign (see yard sign above). Anyone can request a packet for a teacher, and there is no charge for packets. These are first-come, first-served and will be offered in March for World Down Syndrome Day and October for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Random Acts of Kindness
DSAMT will have available a little something extra for those with Down syndrome to give to others in celebration of 3-21. You can pick them up at our office, by appointment, or we can ship to you.
3-21 Event at Bavarian Bierhaus Benefits DSAMT
The Bavarian Bierhaus is launching its Writer’s Haus, Spring Edition on March 21st, and DSAMT friends & families are invited!
Due to COVID-19, this intimate and lively evening of entertainment will be held in their private dining room, with very limited seating. Doors open at 5pm for a cocktail hour with appetizers, and the show will begin at 6pm.
The writers for this evening will be Will Nance, Erin Kensey and Bill Whyte. And five-time Grammy Nominee LynnMarie (and the mother of James with something extra) will round out the evening. A portion of the proceeds will go to DSAMT in celebration of 3-21!
Ride With The Tribe
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, the Three Twenty-One Tribe will be hosting a Ride With The Tribe on Saturday, March 20th. This is a 100 mile ride that will begin and end at Central View Elementary School in Walling, TN. There will be an awesome dinner and 50/50 split the pot after the ride.
Proceeds will be donated to DSAMT.
Meredith Brunner Scholarship
At our 3-21 Celebration we will award The Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an individual with Down syndrome who lives in Middle Tennessee and is continuing their education at a post-secondary program. This fund was established in the fall of 2015 to honor DSAMT Board of Directors’ President Bob Brunner, whose exemplary dedication and effort serves as an example of everything that DSAMT strives to be.
Celebrate 3-21 in style with this new dsamt apparel. T-shirt style available in youth sizes. Must order by February 25, 2021, so it arrives in plenty of time for 3-21.
Each year we take your photos and create a customized image (shown above) to celebrate 3.21 that you can share on social media and with friends & family. Simply send in a photo to [email protected] and we'll make you a photo and post on our DSAMT Facebook page and email to you for you to share. It is a great way to spread awareness all month long!
Down Syndrome Awareness Licence Plate
In celebration of 3-21 and all our extraordinary friends, show your support by purchasing a Down syndrome awareness license plate - now available at your local DMV!
Penn Station Gives Back
We are excited to announce that we are again partnering with Penn Station East Coast Subs for a “Round Up for Down Syndrome” campaign. Anyone who eats at a Penn Station in the Middle TN area will have the opportunity to “round up their bill to support DSAMT! (Note that all Penn Station location across the country are participating and supporting their local Down syndrome organizations.) This campaign will run from March 1-21. We hope to see you eating some yummy subs and supporting our local Down syndrome community.
There are 2 ways to round up (and receive the BOGO coupon) this year!
Spread the Word - Inclusion
Like DSAMT's vision, the Spread the Word - Inclusion movement is rooted in the belief that the world would be better if all people were valued, respected, embraced, included. So help make the world a better place and take the pledge to Spread the Word: Inclusion and to take action to include those with Down syndrome!
Email your OB-GYN
A core part of our mission at DSAMT is to improve the way physicans delivery the diagnosis of Down syndrome to parents. You can help by writing a letter to your OB-GYN. Many parents do this every year in celebration of 3.21, and we've created a template for you to customize. We encourage you to include a photo of your loved one, too. Please let us know if you send a letter.
KVMP Bridge Lighting
Once again the Gateway Bridge, which you can walk across, will be lit up yellow and blue in recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day on March 21, 2020. Stop by and snap a photo! (The above photo is compliments of Paperdolls Photography taken in 2017.)
Team 3-21, affiliated with Cumberland Real Estate, partners with DSAMT and redefining Real Estate with a purpose by giving back 10% of their gross commission to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. They don't just do this for 3.21 but EVERY MONTH, EVERY DAY! They'll be sponsoring several of our DSAMT app giveaways, but if you're looking for a realtor, give Callie or Whit Gammon a call. They'll give you the EXTRAordinary treatment.
Search for "DSAMT" Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iPhone), download the app, register and turn on notifications under settings. On March 21st, you might get the most extraordinary notification ever!