Dress Down for the Dawgs
What is Dress Down for the Dawgs?
ESP has partnered with Tailgate in downtown Athens to bring you Dress Down for the Dawgs. It is an opportunity for all football fans to show their support for individuals with Down Syndrome and the place that they love: ESP! During every home game of the regular football season, ESP and Tailgate are asking fans to dress down in a t-shirt for the game and share the #dressdownforthedawgs message.
Will you pledge to dress down with us?
How to Dress Down for the Dawgs?
Why are we dressing down?
Every day at ESP, we work to provide our friends with Down syndrome with the gifts of acceptance, hope, and the opportunity to thrive. Our vision is for a world where people of all abilities have access to transformative experiences that allow for engagement and connection. Our community and your advocacy is an important part of that mission and vision! During the excitement of the fall football season, ESP is giving you the opportunity to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome. And remember, October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!
Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. A few common physical traits are low muscle tone, small stature, and an upward slant to the eyes.
People “have” Down syndrome, they do not “suffer from” it and are not “afflicted by” it. “Typically developing” or “typical” is preferred over “normal.”
People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first. Instead of “a Down syndrome child,” it should be “a child with Down syndrome.”
People with Down syndrome want to be accepted and included. They wish to be provided with choices and opportunities. People with Down syndrome have goals and dreams. They want the same quality of life as everyone else.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating environment, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
Recreation is an important part of improving the physical and mental health of people not only with Down syndrome, but all disabilities. However, there are significantly fewer opportunities for recreation for people with disabilities, especially in adulthood.