I wanted to do something a little different for 31 for 21 this year. I wanted to do something to signify, honor, and incorporate "21."
21 is such a big part of Down syndrome since it is the three copies of the 21st chromosome that identifies people as having Trisomy 21.
World Down Syndrome Day is observed, and celebrated the world over, on March 21st: 3/21.
I wanted to do something to try and capture the whole essence of 21. What it means to have that extra chromosome and the possibilities that are within reach - if you only believe.
I am so excited to announce the "21 Days of Giveaways" in the midst of 31 for 21.
And it is exactly what it sounds like. There will be 21 days of giveaways on my blog throughout the month of Oct.
These giveaways will absolutely be connected to Down syndrome, the Down syndrome community, and the self-advocates.
The giveaways will include books about Down syndrome, products from businesses that employ people with Down syndrome (and other disabilities), and most importantly, I think, are the products made by people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome who have a talent and have turned that talent into an entrepreneurship. I want to showcase the self-advocates who have their own businesses and bring awareness to the amazing things people with Down syndrome are doing; are capable of doing.
The giveaways will run all month long, so people can have time to go through them and enter all the ones they are interested in. The contest will end on Nov 6 to allow for more time for the giveaways that are posted at the end of the month.
I will post the links for each of the giveaways on this post, and conversely, link this post on all of the giveaway posts, so all the giveaways will be linked in one place to easily go through all of them.
I hope you will see the vision people with Down syndrome have. I hope you will see the possibilities people with Down syndrome have. I hope you will become aware of books not yet read, and products not yet seen. I hope you will be inspired by the giveaways, and the people/businesses they come from. I hope you will share the giveaways bringing more attention to all the positive connections with, and about, Down syndrome.
Winners are announced below and on the individual posts...congrats to everyone!
Day 1: Gifts: Mothers Reflect on how Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives & Gifts: Volume II : Allison D., Kristi W.
Day 2: I Love My Life T-shirt : Jessica H., Lisa G.
Day 3: Miss Katie's Kreations : April N., Deborah T.
Day 4: Lupita Cano : Christine
Day 5: Just Cate : Stacey R., Karyn S.
Day 6: Group Hug Apparel T-shirt: Lisa T.
Day 7: Kardz By Kenz: April N.
Day 8: Meet Annie : Mary P.
Day 9: Down Syndrome Footprint: Rebecca B.
Day 10: Aspire Coffeeworks: Dena M.
Day 11: The Shape of the Eye: C
Day 12: NDSS 3:21 T-ShirtAngie W.
Day 13: Common Threads: Celebrating Life With Down Syndrome : April N.
Day 14: Corbin-Smiles Artwork: Vanessa B.
Day 15: Monica & David documentary DVD : Vanessa B.
Day 16: Furnace Hills Coffee : Marjorie T.
Day 17: Taurini Designs: Jessie H.
Day 18: The Politics of Down Syndrome : Allison C.
Day 19: JEllen's House of Fabric pillowcase : Sabrina S.
Day 20: From Grief to Celebration : Chriss G.
Day 21: Love on the 21st Chromosome t-shirt: Rebecca B., Angie W., Kay F., Nicole M.