Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
March 21, 2011
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Attorney General Bondi and Florida Cabinet Recognize March 21 as “World Down Syndrome Day”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Cabinet recognized March 21 as "World Down Syndrome Day.” The Florida Cabinet approved the resolution sponsored by Attorney General Bondi.

“I am truly grateful to sponsor this resolution recognizing the importance of educating people about Down syndrome,” said Attorney General Bondi. “It is critical that the public understands that people who have Down syndrome are vital to our society. With increased early intervention and equal opportunities, we can ensure that even more people with Down syndrome can meet and surpass their goals. I have personal experience in that my 6-year-old niece, Emma, has Down syndrome and is God’s greatest gift to our family.”

Down syndrome affects persons regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography. One in every 733 children is born with Down syndrome, representing approximately 5,600 births per year and approximately 400,000 individuals in the United States. Recent research has shown that early intervention, education, inclusion in the community, and social support improves an individual’s likelihood of living an independent, productive and satisfying life.

A copy of the resolution can be found here:
http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JDAS-8F6NPQ/$file/2011WorldDownSyndromeDay.pdf