Northport recognizes Down Syndrome Awareness Month
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Maria Grenyo
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon recognized the event at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Herndon also declared Oct. 1 Down Syndrome Day and said he hopes the proclamations encourage residents to offer more respect and opportunities to those with Down syndrome.
In the U.S., 1 in every 700 children with Down syndrome. That equals about 6,000 births each year.
Herndon said he wanted to recognize the month because people with Down syndrome are often treated unfairly, even in 2021.
“I just want to point out that they need to be included in everyday life, and sometimes people will just take them for granted,” Herndon said. “They don’t treat them like they would everyone else.”
Northport resident Teri Terry said it’s important that the public be made aware that those with Down syndrome are just like everyone else.
“They have the same goals,” she said. “They want to live in peace. They want to have a job. They want to vote.”
Herndon said he’s hoping the proclamation brings about more opportunities for those with Down syndrome.
“Everybody needs an equal opportunity, whether you have Down syndrome or you don’t,” Herndon said. “Some of the best people I know have Down syndrome. Hardworking, honest, loving, faithful to their employers, and they’re good people.”