ALBANY, 03/21/16 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2016 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of Down syndrome and to highlight the challenges those with Down syndrome overcome every day,” said Senator Seward. “As a longtime member of the board of directors at Pathfinder Village, a world renowned residential home and research facility in Edmeston, this is a topic which is near and dear to my heart. The hard-working teachers and staff at Pathfinder have made the difference in countless lives and have helped demonstrate the boundless capabilities of those with Down syndrome.”
Senate resolution J3784, co-sponsored by Senator Seward, reads in part
WHEREAS, World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012; each year the voice of people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them, grows louder, but there is still so much more to be done; and
WHEREAS, More and more New Yorkers are interacting with individuals with Down syndrome, increasing the need for widespread public education and acceptance; and
WHEREAS, People with Down syndrome in the State of New York possess a wide range of abilities, and are active participants in educational, occupational, social, and recreational circles of the community; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize the inherent dignity, worth and valuable contributions of persons with Down syndrome as promoters of the well-being and diversity of our communities, and the importance of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body, pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 21, 2016, as Down Syndrome Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of World Down Syndrome Day.