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World Down Syndrome Day spreads awareness of Down syndrome in Maryland

(photo courtesy the Governor’s Office)

Maryland’s General Assembly and the Hogan Administration declared March 21, 2019 as World Down Syndrome Day in Maryland, recognizing the importance of persons with Down syndrome and their contributions to our state. This is the second year that the Maryland Catholic Conference partnered with The Arc Maryland and Maryland Department of Disabilities to celebrate people with Down syndrome and those that support them. 

The partnership of the Maryland Catholic Conference, The Arc Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities is dedicated to ensuring that people with differing abilities are empowered to live, work, and succeed in our communities, including persons with Down syndrome.

“We were thrilled to have almost 100 people join us for the World Down Syndrome Day celebration in Annapolis. Today was a great success and we hope this annual event continues to grow and promote the inclusion of people with Down syndrome in society,” said Jennifer Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. 

First Lady Yumi Hogan stopped by the event to meet the individuals with Down syndrome who came to Annapolis to celebrate the day, as well as their families and advocates. Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty presented a proclamation from Gov. Larry Hogan declaring March 21, 2019 as World Down Syndrome Day, and both Senator Douglas J.J. Peters and Del. Nicholaus Kipke presented resolutions in their chambers in recognition of the day.

The Conference thanks Governor Hogan, the First Lady, Secretary Beatty, Maryland Department of Disabilities Deputy Secretary Christian Miele, Senator Peters, and Delegate Kipke, for their efforts making March 21, 2019 a great day for all involved.

Globally, World Down Syndrome Day has been celebrated since 2012.