house resolution no.60

Rep. Schmaltz offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare March 21, 2023, as World Down Syndrome Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, One in every 700 children is born with Down syndrome, representing approximately 6,000 births per year in the United States; and

Whereas, The National Down Syndrome Society, the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities; and

Whereas The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, Down Syndrome Guild of South East Michigan, Down Syndrome Head Start Program, Washtenaw County Unique Care Connect, Down Syndrome Association of North West Michigan, and Gigiís Playhouse of Detroit are some of the biggest advocates in the Michigan Down Syndrome Community; their mission is to guide Michiganís Down Syndrome Community by connecting them to the partners, programs, education, and resources they need to thrive; and

Whereas,† Advancements in Down Syndrome research and inclusive community practices have demonstrated that early intervention, education, social supports, therapeutic care, and positive public attitudes improve each individualís chances for living a meaningful, productive, and satisfying life in the way they choose; and

Whereas, Individuals with Down syndrome are complete individuals who share fully the human right to strive for and achieve self-fulfillment and reap the rewards of free association with and membership of their communities; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare March 21, 2023, as World Down Syndrome Day in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That we join with the individuals and loved ones in the Down syndrome community to support their endeavor for much deserved acceptance of their abilities and talents, but more importantly, acceptance as individuals.