Ever year CoorDown, an Italian organization that advocates for people with Down syndrome, releases a World Down Syndrome Day (March 21) video. In this year’s (below), you see a montage of actress Olivia Wilde while another’s voice describes her hopes, dreams and challenges.
In the last few seconds, we realize that voice belongs to AnnaRose Rubright, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome. She asks, “How do you see me?”
Rubright is a full-time college student at Rowan College at Burlington County in Pemberton, New Jersey. She works part-time at Breakthru Physical Therapy and Fitness in Medford, New Jersey, and is a Special Olympics athlete.
This World Down Syndrome Day, let’s make an effort to raise awareness and end stereotypes about Down syndrome. People like Rubright have the same aspirations and experience the same feelings as anyone else. They’re already contributing to society in important ways, so it’s time to put an end to preconceived notions.
To learn more about people with Down syndrome, you can check out these resources and organizations:
- National Down Syndrome Society
- Global Down Syndrome Foundation
- National Down Syndrome Congress
- Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles
- Down Syndrome International
- Down Syndrome Association – U.K.
- Special Miracles
- Where Hope Grows
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