Down Syndrome of Louisville Members Featured in Times Square Video in New York City

individuals with down syndrome in times square

Watch WDRB coverage of this event here.

Phil Mason, Allen Norton, and Mabelle Holmes helped kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in annual National Down Syndrome Society video presentation

NEW YORK (Sept. 19, 2022) – Local Down Syndrome of Louisville members Phil Mason, Allen Norton and Mabelle Holmes appeared in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 17, as part of the annual National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Times Square Video presentation. The one-hour video of roughly 500 photographs included children, teens and adults with Down syndrome from all 50 states. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in a very visible way.

The photos of Phil, Allen and Mabelle were selected from more than 2,400 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Their photos were shown on two JumboTron screens in the heart of Times Square, thanks to the support of ClearChannel Outdoor. The two screens were located above Dos Caminos restaurant in Father Duffy Square. To view the video presentation, click here.

Twenty-two-year-old Phil is shown smiling, proudly wearing a Down syndrome awareness T-shirt that reads “Just Down Right Awesome.” Seven-year-old Allen is pictured smiling while attending a local Louisville City FC soccer game at Lynn Family Stadium. Three-year-old Mabelle Holmes is seen showing off her artistic skills by coloring with markers.

The Times Square Video presentation was followed by the New York City Buddy Walk® in Central Park. The flagship Buddy Walk has taken place in New York City since 1995 as part of the National Buddy Walk Program. Buddy Walk events are held in hundreds of cities across the country, as well as select international locations.

To support Down Syndrome of Louisville locally, join the organization for their 24th Kindness Warrior Walk on Saturday, October 1, at Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza. Registration for the event is free to members of the Down syndrome community and children under three years old. Outside of this group, registration is $21/person and includes a participation T-shirt, complimentary food options and access to Kids Fun Zone and Vendor Village. To learn more, please visit www.ds-stride.org/kindnesswarriorwalk.

About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas NDSS engages in various activities, events, and programs on topics that are critical to our community such as federal and state advocacy and public policy, health and wellness, education, and employment. NDSS creates resources to support individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers across the lifespan and hosts awareness and engagement events throughout the country including the National Buddy Walk® Program, the Times Square Video presentation and New York City Buddy Walk®, Racing for 3.21 on World Down Syndrome Day, Run for 3.21, DC Golf Outing, the annual NDSS Gala & Auction, and various other events. Visit www.ndss.org for more information about NDSS.

About the National Buddy Walk® Program

Since 1995, the National Buddy Walk Program has been the premier Down syndrome awareness, advocacy, and peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world. It was created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for local and national incentives to support the Down syndrome community. Today, roughly 150 Buddy Walk events take place in cities across the country and in select international locations. To learn more and find a Buddy Walk near you, visit www.buddywalk.org.

About Down Syndrome of Louisville: Down Syndrome of Louisville provides developmental and educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome throughout their entire life span. DSL’s Lifelong Learning Center is the first and only of its kind in the nation. Program excellence earned DSL the prestigious Gold Certificate of Accreditation from Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. To learn more, visit www.dsoflou.org.

###

Tagged Items:

Similar Articles

Kindness Warrior Walk 2022

Join Down Syndrome of Louisville as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2022 Kindness Warrior Walk. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for […]

Read More

Meet our 2022 Annual Award Winners…

Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners!  Joseph O. Thomas Volunteer Award goes to Tom Round – For extraordinary volunteer service to Down Syndrome of Louisville. “Tom’s son Brady was born in 2021 and he has hit the ground running for us! Videos, photographs, and any other media related content we need he has come through with […]

Read More

#GiveforGoodLou 2022 was GROOVY!

We had a GROOVY #GiveforGoodLou this week and raised $20,320 in less than 24 hours. THANK YOU TO OUR 94 DONORS and OUR GENEROUS $10,000 MATCH! And thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville for hosting such a wonderful day of giving! We are so grateful to our Kindness Warrior Community!  

Read More

DSL Day at Churchill Downs!

Spend a day at the track celebrating Down Syndrome of Louisville! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th! Gates open at 11:30 and the first race is at 12:45. Our races are 4,5,6, & 7! You can purchase general admission tickets HERE!

Read More

Monthly Donors Help DSL Reach New Heights!

We’re doing a Monthly Donor Drive! If at least 20 people join Club 21 by 9/15 and commit to donating $21 or more to DSL every month, our friend Stan Sims will match their donations and donate $5000 to help continue our mission to support, educate, and advocate! Club members help support our community involvement […]

Read More

18 Stories for 18 Stories: River

18 Stories for 18 Stories On October 22nd, dedicated members of our community will be rappelling down 18 stories of the Hyatt Regency of Louisville in support of DSL as a part of Over The Edge 2022. We’re sharing 18 different stories about what DSL means to our members, their loved ones, and our community […]

Read More

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Ankur Chandan

It’s time for another installment of 18 Stories for 18 Stories On October 22nd, dedicated members of our community will be rappelling down 18 stories of the Hyatt Regency of Louisville in support of DSL as a part of Over The Edge 2022. We’re sharing 18 different stories about what DSL means to our members, […]

Read More

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Emily Bush

18 Stories for 18 Stories On October 22nd, dedicated members of our community will be rappelling down 18 stories of the Hyatt Regency of Louisville in support of DSL as a part of Over The Edge 2022. We’re sharing 18 different stories about what DSL means to our members, their loved ones, and our community […]

Read More

18 Stories for 18 Stories: Phil Mason

It’s time for 18 Stories for 18 Stories! On October 22nd, dedicated members of our community will be rappelling down 18 stories of the Hyatt Regency of Louisville in support of DSL as a part of Over The Edge 2022. We’re sharing 18 different stories about what DSL means to our members, their loved ones, […]

Read More

DSL Member, Jill Wright, cast in Sister Act the Musical

Congrats to DSL Member, Jill Wright, on being cast in Redline Performing Arts Company’s upcoming production of Sister Act the Musical! “Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty […]

Read More

Maddie’s Eggroll In A Bowl- Virtual Cooking Class

DSL Chef Level: Intermediate (stove)   Ingredients:  1 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey 1 large onion diced finely 16 oz coleslaw mix 1/2 cup carrots peeled and finely shredded 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 tbsp garlic minced 1/2 to 3/4 […]

Read More

Kindness Warrior Walk 2022

Join Down Syndrome of Louisville as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2022 Kindness Warrior Walk. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for […]

Read More
Translate our Site »