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October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and author Heather Avis shares information on how to create a space where everyone belongs.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and author and founder of “The Lucky Few” podcast, Heather Avis shares information on how to create a space where everyone belongs. To start, Heather explains Down Syndrome is a genetic difference named for the doctor that discovered it, Dr. Down.

She highlights classrooms are a great place for cultivating inclusive environments. Students have been shown to excel in classes that include kids with and without down syndrome.

Heather tips for inclusion and equality for those with Downs Syndrome include looking for events, like “Buddy Walks” around the country. The OC Buddy Walk is a great example. Get the details here. You can also check out Gigi’s Playhouse, which has 46 chapters around the country, and participate in their social challenge by following the steps below:

1. Paint a “G” on your hand and show to the camera

2. Video tape yourself doing a fun, 15-30 second dance

3. Post to your favorite social media site with #GENGDANCEOFF

4. Challenge your friends to do the same!

Follow Heather Avis on Facebook and Instagram theluckyfewofficial and on Twitter at TheLuckyFewPod.

Get more information on Heather Avis and learn more about Downs Syndrome below:

TheLuckyFew.com

Scootoverbook.com

HeatherAvis.com

ClubTwentyOne.org

RubysRainbow.org

NDSS.org (National Down Syndrome Society)