Embracing and Enhancing Lives of People with Down Syndrome in Utah

Children confidently walked down the red carpet outside the Regal Crossroads, as they eagerly awaited the screening of Kung Fu Panda 4. This special event was organized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation.

“They are absolutely amazing,” exclaimed Jodi Lutkin, the Executive Director. “They shine brightly like stars, and it was our intention to treat them like the incredible stars they are today.”

Lutkin explained that World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21, also known as 3/21, annually.

According to her, “3-21 signifies the presence of three copies of the 21st chromosome, which is characteristic of Down Syndrome. I have personally witnessed through my daughter that there are no boundaries to what she can achieve.”

Utah parents, such as Tacy LeBaron, view World Down Syndrome Day as a chance to increase awareness and understanding for their exceptional children.

“They are not only accomplished and capable individuals but also people with whom you can develop genuine friendships and meaningful relationships,” she emphasized. “Moreover, they possess exceptional intelligence.”

LeBaron is working towards enhancing access to dynamic motor intervention (DMI) therapy in Utah. This year, she has already had to make two out-of-state trips, each lasting three weeks, in order to seek assistance for her son.

LeBaron expressed that the experience has been truly transformative for him. He entered the program in June, unable to walk, but emerged with the ability to walk again. Moreover, he initially struggled with swallowing water, but after completing the program, he regained the ability to do so.

She is aiming to collect $2,500 in order to cover the costs of equipment and certifications for therapists in the local area. If you would like to contribute, you can donate by clicking here on the gofundme page.

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