Raising Down Syndrome Awareness

Down syndrome (DS) is a condition that causes physical and mental developmental delays and disabilities. It is considered an intellectual disability.

Every year, since 1984, the month of October has been celebrated internationally as Down Syndrome Awareness Month, to raise awareness and advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

One international event that celebrates and advocates for persons with DS is the Buddy Walk, which was established by the National Down Syndrome Society in the US in 1995. It’s the world’s most widely recognized public awareness programme for the DS community.

Since starting, the Buddy Walk has been the largest inclusive event for persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. The Down Syndrome Family Network franchised the Buddy Walk, which was originally launched in Trinidad and Tobago, in 2013. T&T was the first Caribbean island to participate in this event, but we are working with other groups in the Caribbean,” he said.

This year’s virtual event takes the form of a 1k Buddy Walk and 5k Buddy Run, from 0ctober 3rd through November 30th. And guess what? You can participate anywhere and at any time, just register and track your run or walk with the Strava app! Special prizes will be awarded based on categories, such as ‘First female participant with DS to finish’ and ‘Most creative running gear.’

Interested persons can get more details and register to participate in the event at: https://bafasports.com/buddywalk2021. There is a TT$99 fee for entrants, while it is free for persons with Down syndrome.

Join the virtual event and show your support for the DS community! Follow the Down Syndrome Family Network Facebook page and YouTube channel and share the information. Let’s all do our part to change the future of persons with disabilities!