Celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Day With These Facts

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As National Down Syndrome Awareness Day was commemorated on October 20, Glenwood NPO, You’re Magical called on the community to celebrate all those diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

One of those people is Tristan Chetty, who said he was being treated differently because of his diagnosis.

“People look at me when I’m in public places. Some stare at me, then my parents. Sometimes the kids make fun of my height. Some people are caring and loving towards me, like my family. My mom’s friends love and appreciate me just like my parents and my brother. Our religious community loves me very much, ”he said.

By raising awareness about Down’s syndrome, Tristan hopes to be treated the same as everyone else.

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“Don’t look down on me because of my disability or my features. Include me in the community, ”he said.

Tristan’s mother, Trudy Chetty, founded her NPO, You’re Magical, to raise awareness about Down’s syndrome.

“Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that appears at conception. There is an extra 21 chromosome (Trisomy 21) which causes delays in physical and intellectual development. People with Down syndrome vary in personality and ability. Anyone born with Down syndrome will have some degree of learning disability, but the level of disability will be different for each individual. People with disabilities are more than people in need of help; they are agents of change who can drive progress across society – and their voices must be heard as we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ”she explained.

“It is important that people diagnosed with Down syndrome know that they are unique and special and that they are part of society and the community. We hope to increase public awareness. These individuals are also human. They have rights and needs just as important as any other “normal” individual, ”Trudy added.

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While You’re Magical usually celebrates Down Syndrome Day with a picnic or similar event, this year they are not hosting an event due to Covid-19 issues.

“Our children (with Down syndrome) have low immunity and many parents do not want to leave their homes in public places,” said Chetty.

The pandemic also caused Tristan to take a break from his work at Glenwood SPAR. He said he hopes to return to work soon.

“I would also like to be part of a cricket team,” he said.

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