DSSRI Buddy Walk (R)
Join Down Syndrome Society of RI (DSSRI) in promoting awareness for all individuals with Down syndrome by coming to our Annual Buddy Walk(R).
The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to bring together a wide range of concerned individuals to reach out to friends, family and co-workers to promote the awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs in approximately one in every 733 to 1,000 live births. It affects people of all ages, races and economic levels and is the most frequently occurring chromosomal abnormalities. It occurs when there are three, rather than two, number 21 chromosomes present in every cell of the body. Instead of the usual 46 chromosomes, a person with Down syndrome has 47. It is this additional genetic material that alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with the syndrome. Down syndrome affects over 350,000 people in the United States alone. Recent advances in our understanding of Down syndrome have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected. Our challenge today is to increase understanding of Down syndrome and the true potential of those who have it and to advocate for full inclusion for people with Down syndrome.