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‘i Have A Voice’ 2023 Gala: Understanding and Celebrating Down Syndrome

We had an amazing time at the “i Have a Voice“ 2023 Gala supporting Gigi’s Playhouse this weekend. I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for such an amazing organization that provides a wide range of valuable resources and support to individuals with Down’s Syndrome and their families. We are grateful to have been apart of this event along with our photo camper.

As many may know, our niece, Ava, is a huge factor in our decision to create our photo booth camper. Ava was born with Down's syndrome and seeing her smile in front of a camera has always been our greatest joy. Our mission is to create an environment of #positivity and #inclusivity so that everyone can enjoy the unique experience of photo-booth photography with ALL of their loved ones.

What is Gigi’s Playhouse?

Gigi's Playhouse provides services completely free of charge, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for all individuals with #DownSyndrome. They are committed to promoting acceptance, empowerment, and a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.

Some of the services and programs they offer are, Educational Programs, Speech and Language Therapy, Fitness and Wellness Programs, Social Skills Development, Career Development and Vocational Training, and Family Support and Networking.

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material affects the development of the body and brain, leading to distinctive physical features and potential intellectual disabilities. However, it is crucial to remember that each person with Down syndrome is unique and may experience a wide range of abilities and challenges.

Debunking Misconceptions:

One of the most significant misconceptions surrounding Down syndrome is the assumption that individuals with this condition are limited in what they can achieve. However, with the right support, education, and opportunities, individuals with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling and independent lives. Many individuals with Down syndrome graduate from school, attend college, find meaningful employment, and actively participate in their communities. It is essential to challenge stereotypes and recognize the potential and abilities of each person with Down syndrome.

Celebrating Abilities and Achievements:

People with Down syndrome have diverse talents and abilities, just like anyone else. They excel in various fields, including art, music, acting, athletics, and public speaking. It is crucial to celebrate and acknowledge their accomplishments and talents, as it promotes inclusivity and helps break down barriers. By focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities, we create a more #inclusive society that embraces diversity in all its forms.

Promoting Inclusivity and Acceptance:

Inclusive communities value and respect the contributions and worth of all individuals, regardless of their abilities. It is essential for society to provide equal opportunities and support systems that enable individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential. By fostering an inclusive environment, we create a society that values diversity and promotes acceptance for all individuals, regardless of their unique characteristics.

Advocacy and Support:

Advocacy plays a vital role in promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome. Organizations, families, and individuals can contribute by advocating for inclusive education, accessible healthcare, employment opportunities, and social integration. Engaging in conversations, supporting local Down syndrome associations, and spreading accurate information help break down barriers and create a more inclusive society.


Understanding and embracing Down syndrome is an essential step towards building an inclusive society that values diversity and celebrates differences. By debunking misconceptions, celebrating abilities, and promoting inclusivity and acceptance, we can create an environment where individuals with Down syndrome can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential. Let us strive to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and foster a world where every person, regardless of their abilities, is valued and respected.

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