You Must Know These 5 Awesome People With Downs Syndrome

Today is all about raising awareness and creating a global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome

Mar 21, 2018

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March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness for this condition, and to advocate for the rights and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

For those unfamiliar with the condition, people with Down Syndrome are born with an extra chromosome. Also knowns as “trisomy 21,” because they are born with a third set of the 21st chromosome. A good number of people do not know that people with Down Syndrome can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. People with Down Syndrome have unique facial features and characteristically lower IQs.

Children with Down Syndrome can often sit in regular classes, graduate high school, and some even go on to secondary education or vocational training. Many get jobs, volunteer in their communities, and lead happy and full lives.

Meet five inspirational people with Down Syndrome:




1. ÁNGELA COVADONGA BACHILLER

In 2013, Bachiller was elected as a city councillor in Valladolid, Spain. She previously worked for two years as an administrative assistant in the local city hall. She is known among her colleagues for her hard work.

2. MADELINE STUART

Known as the first professional model with Down Syndrome, at just 22 years old, Stuart has walked the catwalk at New York Fashion Week twice. After attending a fashion show as a child, she decided that she too wanted to be a model. She lost weight, worked hard, and proved to the world that you can achieve your dreams, no matter what.

3. MEGAN MCCORMICK

This inspirational young woman graduated with honors from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She was the first person in the United States with Down Syndrome to graduate with honors from a technical college. She achieved her dreams, and now works as a paraeducator at Millcreek Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky. The principal of the school described her work as “phenomenal.”

In addition to working at Millcreek Elementary, Megan McCormick works Saturdays for the Learning Program at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky. (Justin Meredith)

4. ELI REIMER

At just 15 years old, Reimer became the first person ever with Down Syndrome to reach Mt. Everest base camp. He trained with his father Justin, who says that Eli was the leader of the group, encouraging people to persevere.

(Elisha Foundation)

5. YULISSA ARESCURENAGA

Arescurenaga fell in love with dancing in 2008 when she took her first Zumba class. From that moment on, she practiced at least six hours a day until in 2012 she achieved her dream of becoming a certified Zumba instructor. Since then, she has been teaching Zumba all over California, and even went on a trip to teach in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the first certified Zumba instructor with Down Syndrome, and will hopefully pave the way for others like her.

RISI ADLER FINKEL, CONTRIBUTOR
Risi has a passion for reading, traveling, and food. When she isn't writing about those things, she is experiencing them with her husband and son. One of the reasons she loves to travel is to learn about all the good in the world, and share these stories with others.

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