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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: Thursday, March 21, 2019
             9 a.m. to 10:30 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: According to the Down Syndrome International website, the global awareness day calls upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind.”

The Museum of disABILITY History’s “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” traveling exhibit will be on display. The exhibit explores medical history, myths and facts, as well as success stories and popular culture of people with Down syndrome. Family members of the Down Syndrome Parents Syndrome Group of Western New York will be available between 9 to 10:30 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. A resident of West Seneca, Monson added, “People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, when given the opportunity.”

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 World Down Syndrome Day, 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.

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.