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Washington, D.C. - Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“Each year, March 21st (3-21) marks World Down Syndrome Day, in honor and appreciation of those who are born with three 21st chromosomes and their families.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 800 children is born each year with Down syndrome. While individuals with Down syndrome were once treated with prejudice and disdain, we now recognize the great gifts and contributions of people with Down syndrome throughout the world.

With access to high quality inclusive education; reliable health care, through such programs as Medicaid and the ACA; assistance to find and retain employment; and programs such as ABLE accounts to help create economic security, children and adults with Down syndrome are able to reach their potential and ensure society appreciates and benefits from their talents and contributions.

Special thanks to my fellow Pennsylvanians who work to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Always lending support and education are the Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition, the ARC of Pennsylvania and the many county groups and organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of those with trisomy-21. We are all better Pennsylvanians and better Americans because of their efforts.

Be assured that I will continue to work with the Down syndrome community in Pennsylvania and throughout the country to support them and shine a light on their contributions to our country.”