Hello Spring! May we ask you not to march Old Man Winter off just yet? We can
use some of that cold for a good cause. This year, as we mark the ninth
anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, attention is focused on people living with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them.
The global solidarity message this year is to keep your feet in lots
of socks. Keep your feet warm for a good cause and let them help to
spread a message of care and enlightenment.
This year’s theme “Health and Wellbeing – Access and Equality for
All” reminds us of why we need to spread the message that people with
Down Syndrome need our enlightenment to live fulfilled lives.
Down Syndrome is a genetic condition, and with the correct diagnosis
and accurate, evidence-based information, most people with Down Syndrome
live normal, active and productive lives. It is important that parents,
teachers and health care professionals know how to help these people
reach their life goals.
with this year’s celebration comes a unique tool that does just that.
Studies have shown that people with Down Syndrome have difficulty
processing facial expressions such as surprise and fear. Discovering
Emotions with Zeely is an iPad app that helps people with Down Syndrome
learn to better recognize facial expressions. You heard right – there’s
an app for that!
The app is an education tool that helps parents, educators and
therapists working with children with special needs. It is a unique tool
that collates data and helps parents or caregivers monitor the child’s
progress either in school, in the therapy environment or at home.
To mark World Down Syndrome Day, we are making Discovering Emotions with Zeely free to download on March 21.
Don’t forget to share the love by wearing lots of socks today and
remember – “Health and Wellbeing – Access and Equality for All”.