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Museum of DisABILITY History

Media Advisory
Celebrating Abilities on World Down Syndrome Day: March 21
Families from Down Syndrome Parents Syndrome Group of WNY Available for Interviews
Free admission at Museum of disABILITY History  


What: World Down Syndrome Day is March 21
Families to share their stories and free admission throughout the day at the Museum of disABILITY History. 

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:
Families from the Down Syndrome Parents Syndrome Group of Western New York to be available
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Free admission to the Museum of disABILITY History, open to the public

Where: Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Who: Families of the Down Syndrome Parents Syndrome Group of Western New York and community members.

Why: In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), the Museum of disABILITY History encourages people who live with Down syndrome to tell the world, “What I bring to my community,” and to show people across the country how much people with Down  syndrome contribute to the community.

The Museum of disABILITY History has partnered with the Down Syndrome Parents Syndrome Group of WNY to showcase its “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit. Family members will be available between 9 to 11 a.m. during an informal reception to share their stories.

“All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society,” said Amy Monson, president of the Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York. “People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, when given the opportunity.”

Featuring vibrant multimedia and Hollywood memorabilia, the Museum’s “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit explores medical history, myths and facts, success stories and popular culture.

Free admission to the public will be offered to the Museum’s gallery space between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 716-629-3626.

The date for WDSD, being the 21st day of the third month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Follow along on social media at #WDSD2018.

Established in 1998, the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is the only one of its kind in the United States and is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, NY, the Museum’s exhibits, collections, publications, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery.