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Rock your Socks Day!

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Together we can create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome in our community and around the world.  Every year, on March 21, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks.  

 

March 21 is symbolic because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of DS chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks! Encourage everyone in your school to wear their coolest, most COLORFUL socks on 3.21 to represent the diversity that makes us beautiful! Below are resources that can be used in elementary school grades to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

Please click here to make your Rock Your Socks donation or mail checks payable to: The Foundation for Catholic Education Attn: Rising Together Alliance.  All donations enable the Rising Together Alliance directly support initiatives of inclusion within the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Here is the flyer announcing Rock Your Socks Day for the Rising Together Alliance and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:

RESOURCES FOR PRE-K TO GRADE 5

Acceptance is my Superpower | Read Aloud by Reading Pioneers Academy
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Reading Pioneers Academy

Acceptance is my Superpower | Read Aloud by Reading Pioneers Academy

Do you want your children to honor, celebrate, and see the beauty in our differences? We are all different. And whilst children are often wonderful at accepting differences easily, there are times when a lack of understanding can result in hurtful words or actions. As adults, it is our responsibility to teach children that differences are not flaws but are, in fact, our super powers. Lisa, a primary school student with a love of singing, learns just that in ‘Acceptance is my Superpower’ when a cruel comment from someone she regards as a friend leads her down a path of discovery of the true meaning of diversity and how it can be applied to everyone. Laid out as a charming poem with colourful illustrations, children will delight in learning: • How to love themselves • How to accept others • How to control negative emotions • How to share their newfound knowledge Learning by example The examples in this story are there to teach children that their differences are not to be ridiculed but instead, celebrated. When Lisa learns this valuable lesson in the book and then shares that knowledge with the person who upset her, we realise the importance of helping children understand the world would be a very boring place indeed if we were all the same. ••• “Just like all the petals on all these different flowers, Diversity is beautiful and gives us superpowers!” Please join me and Lucas spread the word to all you know, Acceptance is our superpower and together we will grow. ••• From the bestselling author of Kindness is my Superpower Join Lisa and Lucas, as together, they learn the most valuable lesson of all - they have a superpower - their acceptance. To support Alicia Ortego, and get your hands on your own copy of the book, both the printed version or ebook, click here: https://amzn.to/3tRoTk5 My Superpower Books: https://amzn.to/3kZs4XX My Superpower Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLude0WtcfIhebjOh77-RsF_iynFGwQXnf Also check out her website: http://aliciaortego.com/ Follow us: https://www.instagram.com/reading_pioneers/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/readingpioneers/ Visit our websites to see other stories and materials related to ESL and teaching English http://www.readingpioneers.com/ Fair Use Act - 17 U.S.C. § 107, Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. #readingpioneers #acceptance

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR GRADES PreK - Grade 5:

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Coloring Pages 
 

RESOURCES FOR GRADES 6 - 8

Turning disability into ability | Liam Malone | TEDxAuckland

Turning disability into ability | Liam Malone | TEDxAuckland

Paralympian gold medalist, Liam Malone believes that technological advancement and determination is the key to his success in sport and life in general. After having both legs amputated in early childhood, Liam felt like an outcast among his peers. However, with the betterment of artificial limb technology, and the advent of Running Blades, Liam found himself excelling in sporting achievement, representing New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, and breaking records originally set by disgraced sprinter Oscar Pistorius. But what is the future of this technology? How can it be used to improve the lives of differently-abled people? And how can it be harnessed for future sporting milestones? However, in this motivational speech, Liam does not simply credit technology for his success. He also discusses the importance of determination and ambition to achieve one's goals. No matter who you are, this speech has the potential to motivate and inspire you to strive for success regardless of your circumstances in life. Liam is New Zealand’s blade runner. Hailing from Nelson, Liam had only been training for two years when he burst onto the track at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, winning a silver and two gold medals while smashing records in the process. Liam was Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the Halberg Awards this year and became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017. After completing a Bachelor in Marketing and International Business while training, Liam is now a sought-after keynoter and invests in startups. Now, he’s on a mission to develop hi-tech prosthetics with the aim of becoming the fastest man on earth. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome

50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome

The mums in this video and the dad who created it met online and got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they "Wouldn't Change a Thing". It features a carpool karaoke lip sync in support of World Down Syndrome Day 2018 and features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri's multi-platinum selling track, "A Thousand Years". This video inspired the start of Charity 'Wouldn't Change A Thing' which was set up in June 2018. Years later the parent volunteer led organisation continues to work with its mission 'To make negative perceptions of people with Down syndrome a thing of the past' The charity has continued to produce successful awareness campaigns, a Wouldn't Change A Thing Book gifted free for new parents, school resources and more. All motivated through love of their children and the want for positive change to perceptions. (social media links below) The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands - a UK organisation who's videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech. With thanks to the artist Christina Perri for her support and Singing Hands for the original concept. You can download the original track here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/a-thousand-years/467980710?i=467980724 Singing Hands YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingHandsUK Wouldn't Change A Thing Social Media Channels: Website: https://www.wouldntchangeathing.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wouldntchangeathingdotorg/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wouldntchangea1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wcatcharity_official/ Youtube: Wouldn’t Change A Thing Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@wcat_official LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/wouldn-t-change-a-thing
Just Like You-Down Syndrome

Just Like You-Down Syndrome

NOTICE: Just Like You Films are subject to copyright owned by Just Like You, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Any reproduction or republication of all or part of any Just Like You Films is expressly prohibited, unless JLY Inc. has explicitly granted its prior written consent All other rights reserved. The names, trademarks, service marks and logos of JLY Films or the sponsors appearing in this film may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate sponsorship or affiliation with any product or service, without prior express written permission from JLY Films and the film sponsors. Neither JLY Films, nor any party involved in creating, producing or delivering information and material via JLY Films, shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of access to, use of or inability to use this film, or any errors or omissions in the content thereof. TO INQUIRE ABOUT OBTAINING LICENSE CONTACT: Amy Allison amy@kcdsg.org JUST LIKE YOU -- DOWN SYNDROME - explores the life, hopes, challenges and dreams of three kids living with Down syndrome. Elyssa, Rachel and Sam share personal stories to help viewers better understand their condition and why they wish to be treated just like you. Each of our stars has their own talents, characteristics, strengths and challenges. Down syndrome is just one part of who they are and this film identifies how to handle and accommodate differences while celebrating the many similarities our friends with Down syndrome have with their peers. We have translated the film into Spanish and we are currently working on Portuguese and Russian. Email me at amy@kcdsg.org if you are interested in learning more about the costs to translate the film into Swedish. Visit http://www.justlikeyou-downsyndrome.org/ to learn more and purchase a DVD of the film. Like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JustLikeYouDs and share your feedback!