September 20

The Best Down Syndrome T-Shirts

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Down syndrome t-shirts are wearable advocacy, and I’ve got a smattering of the best Down syndrome t-shirts for you!

Donning garments with bold statements that testify to our beliefs (and allow others to question theirs) is an easy way to help promote acceptance.

100% of all profit go to support starting the Big Island Parent Disability Resource Network, which will be home to the first Down Syndrome Support Network on the Big Island.

The table below (“in this post you will find”) has clickable links to jump directly to a t-shirt theme you are interested in.

The Best Down Syndrome T-Shirts

love counts chromosomes
love counts chromosomes

Love Counts Chromosomes

Love counts chromosomes… and loves them all!

This t-shirt challenges the idea that we love despite a chromosome count, that the chromosomes or number of chromosomes do not matter. THEY DO MATTER. And we love them.

Human Needs Not Special Needs

People with disabilities are HUMAN, with human needs. There really is no such thing as “special needs” given that every single human being has some need that another doesn’t. So… All needs are human.

i’mperfect

The difference between “imperfect” and “i’m perfect” is an apostrophe and space.

In the view of the social model of disability, we are all perfect. But we are seen as imperfect within the medical model. All we really need is to pause, take some space, and learn more. With that, we may make the shift from “imperfect” to “I’m perfect” 🙂

I never knew I wanted a child with down syndrome until I got one
I Never Knew I Wanted a Child with Down Syndrome

I Never Knew I Wanted a Child with Down Syndrome Until I Was Given One

Julie Kehm came up with this lovely thought which moved me as I was pregnant with my own daughter with Down syndrome. Here’s your chance to wear this thought and show the world how you feel about your child with Down syndrome

presume competence: the t-shirt to challenge notions of developmental disability
presume competence

Presume Competence

a t-shirt for your child or yourself to wear that challenges conceptions about developmental disability in particular, disability in general

Not an Angel

This is a fun shirt to poke fun at the “Down syndrome angel” stereotype! Available in all sizes, but focusing on kid sizes.

Keep Calm It's Only an Extra Chromosome T-Shirt

Keep Calm, It’s Only an Extra Chromosome

A playful shirt that rifs on the “keep calm” theme!

my kid has more chromosomes than yours! t-shirt for down syndrome
my kid has more chromosomes than yours! t-shirt

My Kid Has More Chromosomes Than Yours!

a t-shirt for your child or yourself to poke some fun at over-the-top competitive parents (plus, show some pride!)

god doesn't make mistakes t-shirt
god doesn't make mistakes t-shirt

God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

God doesn’t make mistakes – right?!!

We are all as we should be, ALL OF US

the lucky few down syndrome t-shirt
the lucky few down syndrome t-shirt

The Lucky Few Chevron Shirt

The “Lucky Few” is the triple chevron that faces upward, signifying 3 copies of the 21st chromosome: Down syndrome. It also represents solidarity, movement upward, strength.

the down syndrome chromosome t-shirt
the down syndrome chromosome t-shirt

The Down Syndrome Chromosome T-Shirt!

The t-shirt of the chromosome!

Straight up: THIS IS what Trisomy 21 is: the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome! Perfect for some subtle awareness-spreadin’

It’s An Extra Chromosome, Not a Halo!

Lots of people think that there is a connection between angels and having Down syndrome. This t-shirt spells out exactly what Down syndrome is (- an extra chromosome) and what’s it’s not (- somehow angelic, coming with a halo!)

47 > 46 47 is greater than down syndrome t-shirt
47 > 46 47 is greater than 46 down syndrome t-shirt

47 > 46

47 is greater than 46 – a t-shirt that smiles at the greater count of chromosomes that Trisomy 21 (- Down syndrome) represents!

That’s a good smattering of the best Down syndrome t-shirt.

There are a lot of other great t-shirts out there – I think the point in this is to find something that resonates with you, put it on, and make your advocacy real: create a statement and say something with what you wear!

100% of all profit go to support starting the Big Island Parent Disability Resource Network, which will be home to the first Down Syndrome Support Network on the Big Island.

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  1. I love your positivity…so many people are misinformed and ignorant of our children with Down Syndrome. I have been blessed with a wonderful son and would never want it any other way! He has taught me how to love unconditionally! Paula B. >>>

  2. I wish the “Human Needs” shirt was available in adult sizes, and I think many adults with disabilities would relate and want to wear one too. How did you decide to limit it to only children?

    1. thank you for the reminder! I just made them while I was sitting around and watching something on Netflix and meant to make an adult set too. I was just getting started, then ended up getting distracted and forgot about it.
      I’ll do it today – thanks again!

  3. Good afternoon!

    My name is Lindsay Robertson and I am a board member for the National Association for Down Syndrome (established in 1961) and this year’s co-chair for our largest fundraiser of the year, the Fashion Show.

    We would love your support to make this year’s fundraiser a huge success in the form of a donation! I came across your apparel for Down Syndrome awareness and we would love to be able to add one of those to our raffle basket!

    Due to COVID-19, NADS is taking our Fashion Show fundraiser virtually this year on November 1, 2020 and are expecting to have over 800 participants compared to last year’s 500 as we are now opening the platform up to those who live in outside states.

    All proceeds from the fundraiser goes towards NADS mission in supporting all individuals with Down syndrome in reaching their full potential and towards parent/care-giver support, resource materials and referrals, public awareness and education, our self-advocate program, our More Than Down Syndrome retreat, conferences and seminars, and public speakers for schools, medical professionals and community organizations.

    We would be absolutely thrilled if you would consider donating to our organization for this year’s fundraiser. I have attached our request on the organization’s letterhead, our 501(3)c paperwork and a photo of my daughter at last year’s event! 🙂

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi,
      I am a little perturbed by your slogans of “more than Down syndrome,” which suggest that Down syndrome is something negative. I’ve written a piece on this which is very relevant: https://www.meriahnichols.com/let-down-syndrome-define-you/
      I would really love to see you embrace the fact that people with Down syndrome are moving through their lives on the platform of Down syndrome, which is an intrinsic part of who they are. It’s not something to be changed, and not something to try and minimize in a quest to make people with Ds more like people without Ds.
      Thanks

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