CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland City Council adopted a resolution Monday declaring October 12 as Cleveland Down Syndrome Day.
The resolution encourages Clevelanders to recognize the accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome and to celebrate their contributions to society.
More than 400,000 people with Down syndrome across the country attend schools, hold jobs and make many contributions to their families and communities.
The non-profit group The Up Side of Downs has been working for more than 30 years here in northeast Ohio, providing support, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
The organization currently serves 900 families.
"We're seeing significant advances in care and support for people with Down syndrome," said Councilman Brian Kazy, the primary sponsor of the resolution. "But we still have a long way to go to erase the social stigma it carries. Down syndrome people need to be assured the same rights -- equality, inclusion, education and medical care -- as all citizens."
Co-sponsors of the resolution include Council President Kevin Kelley, Councilmen Kevin Conwell and Joe Cimperman.