Mayor Ron Anders joined nearly two dozen EAGLES students on campus to sign a proclamation declaring October 1 to be Down Syndrome Day in Auburn. EAGLES is Auburn’s program for students with intellectual disabilities.
The proclamation also recognized October 2021 as Down Syndrome Month in the City of Auburn “to encourage all citizens to work together to celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome as well as recognize their accomplishments, promote awareness and support their caretakers and service providers while remembering to appreciate and regard every individual with dignity as a valued member of the community.”
EAGLES director Betty Patten welcomed the mayor.
“As we all know, today is Down Syndrome Day in Auburn, and October is Disability Awareness Month across our country,” she said. “This is important because awareness leads to acceptance, and acceptance leads to opportunity, and that is what we are all about in our program.”
“Approximately one in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome, so it touches every person and every family at some point. Awareness again is very important as we learn more about Down syndrome and develop interventions to help those people and their families.”
Anders shared his own thoughts with the students.
“It’s great to be here this morning, and we are blessed to have you as part of our city and university,” he said. “In my job, I am mayor for all of the people, and you are valued members of our community. In my work, I want to help make sure your time in Auburn is productive. Disability awareness and accommodation are very important to me, and we are pleased to be completing an inclusive playground at Town Creek Park that will be a welcoming place for children with disabilities and their families.”
Anders became emotional as he concluded his remarks.
“I am proud to be here today to express my love, care and admiration for all of you and your families. Thank you for all that you do to help make Auburn a better place.”