Chapel Haven to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 3/23/2018
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Chapel Haven to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 3/23/2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 marks World Down Syndrome Day, the sixth official date since it was recognized by the United Nations in 2012.

Chapel Haven will join with the Down Syndrome Association of CT in celebrating the milestone on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. (new date due to snow on 3/21) at Chapel Haven, with a mural-making and video project that is free and open to the public. Chapel Haven is located at 1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven.

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At the event, participants can add their handprint and artwork to our “garden” of awareness mural for public display and join in the fun of creating a video that further spreads the word!

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. People with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and supporters will be celebrating across the globe. Celebrated on the 21st day of the third month of the year, the date is symbolic of the third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down Syndrome.

“Chapel Haven has been teaching adults with Down Syndrome how to live happy, productive and independent lives since our founding in 1972,” said Chapel Haven President Michael Storz. “Our adults have their own apartments, work in satisfying jobs and have friends – all the hallmarks of a happy adult life! We look forward to recognizing our adults for all their amazing achievements”

About Chapel Haven:
Founded in New Haven, CT in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Chapel Haven has grown to serve more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ).

About the Down Syndrome Association of CT
The Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut (DS ACT) is a statewide organization of families, professionals and individuals who live with Down syndrome. Founded in 1986 by parents seeking greater opportunities for their children born with Down syndrome, DS ACT supports and empowers families with information, education and advocacy throughout the lifespan, beginning as early as a prenatal diagnosis.

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