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
3.21 is celebrated across the world in many different ways. DSAMT encourages you to celebrate with your friends & family on March 21st, but we invite you to celebrate all of those with something extra at our annual World Down Syndrome Awareness Day Celebration on April 7th from 12pm to 3pm at a new, bigger location:the Al Menah Shriners Temple.
This event particularly wonderful, as the entire program consists of performances and presentations by individuals with something extra!
The event is free to families and friends, although donations are appreciated and will benefit DSAMT summer programming, family events, and more. Seating is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.
Another way to celebrate is by wearing our 3.21 T-shirt. We are keeping last year's design, inspired by then self-advocate of the year, Miss Meghan Maynard. It can be purchased for $10, shipping included. Available in youth and adult sizes, while supplies last.
March 21, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Come out and support the Down SYndrome Association of MIddle Tennessee on World Down Syndrome Day from 5:00pm to 8:00pm! 5% of all sales during those hours will be donated to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. Also in celebration, wear your craziest socks!This is only at Chick-fil-A Columbia 605 James Campbell Blvd, Columbia TN, NO Flyer needed.
Each year we take your photos and create a customized image to celebrate 3.21 that you can share on social media and with friends & family. Simply send in a photo to Tammy@somethingextra.org 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! Some of these will be chosen to be printed for our table centerpieces at the celebration, too!
Of course, the entire month of March is a great opportunity to schedule DSAMT staff and self-advocates to give presentations to your fellow employees, at your school, church or other civic organization.
Spread the Word to End the Word
Help raise awareness about the hurtfulness about the r-word. Attend a community event on March 18th at the Brentwood YMCA. Details
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.
Buy 3.21 John's Crazy Socks!
People celebrate 3.21 by wearing crazy socks. That's one of the reasons John loves socks so much. John designed the world's first and only Down Syndrome Awareness Socks which raise money for the National Down Syndrome Society and ACDS.