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Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Down Syndrome Acceptance Month!

October is Down syndrome Awareness Month in the United States. It’s a time that we, as a Down syndrome community, help our larger, mainstream community understand a little more about what Down syndrome actually is, and what it means. It’s a time when we celebrate the people with Down syndrome in our lives, and move forward with focused advocacy.

How to Celebrate Down Syndrome:

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the presence of people with Down syndrome in our world. It seems to me that the thread of kindness seems to run through many of them.

We practice random acts of kindness on World Down Syndrome Day (3/21) as well as throughout the month of October, and we take care to be a little kinder than necessary during this month.

Taking this one step further and inspired by Action for Happiness, I have created a Kindness Calendar for the month of October

The (Free Printable) Kindness Calendar

There are suggestions for each day of the month for an act of kindness.

The calendar is undated, so you can use it any year, and really, for any month (it doesn’t have to be October).

It’s shareable (of course! spread the love!), and there are some suggestions for deep-impact items on the side (like, hire a person with a Down syndrome) as well as links for more information.

The Kind Acts:

Some of the acts of kindness in the Kindness Calendar are about being kind to our own selves. Some are for being kind to others.

These are suggestions, meant to jump-start a month in which we can challenge ourselves to be kind whenever possible, to strive to seize opportunities to share joy in the world.

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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a cat-loving Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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