World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

Student/guest post, Joanna

We have an awesome special education unit here at Olentangy Orange HS, including a few students who have Down Syndrome. We wanted to come together as a school and bring awareness to World Down Syndrome Day.

What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is a condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the typical 46. People with Down Syndrome often have similar physical traits, such as low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm- though these qualities are not always pronounced in every person with Down Syndrome. Individuals with Down Syndrome have differing degrees of cognitive delays, ranging from mild to severe. Down Syndrome is often diagnosed prenatally or at birth; and can be diagnosed through various scans and genetic tests.


People with Down Syndrome need to be given opportunities to contribute to their communities in every aspect of society and on an equal basis with others. Individuals with Down Syndrome can, and do, offer meaningful and new contributions to every aspect of their lives!

Run for 3.21

The original Run for 3.21 is a 250 mile run from Washington D.C. to New York City, that raises money and awareness for people with Down Syndrome. The OOHS Business students participated in the virtual Racing for 3.21 on World Down Syndrome Day run, which involved walking, running, or biking for 3.21 miles to raise awareness and support for people who have Down Syndrome.  Our Professional Communications class joined our Special Education unit for a fun afternoon of walking, games & smiles. Here are a few pictures from our day!



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