Our Church Opens Minds through awareness about the variety of disabilities that affect people every day. There is no us and them when it comes to disabilities. All people are differently-abled and all people will experience some disability, at least once in life. A parish Opens Minds whenever it takes concrete steps to exercise God's compassion for people who are differently-abled physically, mentally or emotionally.
Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome. Please consider the tools and resources provided here for those with Down Syndrome and refer to links for other specific disabilities on the left sidebar.
National Down Syndrome Society www.ndss.org - is a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Services include: Shaping improved public policy, increasing public resources and services for people; partnering with affiliates and support organizations; improving educational opportunities for individuals; advancing basic, clinical and applied research. and implementing a national public awareness strategy.
Down Syndrome Parent Group of WNY http://www.downsyndromepages.com/down-syndrome-parent-group-of-western-new-york.html - offers parent support programs, social events and a lending library. Contact Carol Hetzelt, President at 832-9334
Down Syndrome Parent Group of Western New York www.dspgwny.org
For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Sharon Urbaniak or call 716-847-5514.