NEW YORK, NY – Four-Year Old Trinidadian Phoebe Neehall appeared in the bright lights of Broadway on September 20th as part of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) annual Times Square Video Presentation, which promotes the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The photo of Phoebe, who has Down syndrome, was one of 220 images selected from more than 2,000 world-wide entries. She showcased a vibrant Carnival costume in her photograph which was shown on the News Corporation Sony Screen, located in the heart of Times Square in New York City.
The Times Square video presentation kicked off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation was followed by the 20th Annual New York City Buddy Walk® in Central Park. This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 250 cities across the world, including Port of Spain, Trinidad. Locally based Down Syndrome Family Network will be hosting Trinidad’s Buddy Walk on October 19th at the Nelson Mandela Park in St. Clair, Port of Spain.
About Down Syndrome Family Network
The Down Syndrome Family Network is a nonprofit organization based in Trinidad founded in 2011. Its mission is to support loved ones and care-givers of individuals with Down syndrome through advocacy, education and research in order for those individuals to live as independently as possible and become valued members of their community and society. For more information visit www.facebook.com/dsfamilynetwork
The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization with more than 350 affiliates in the United States representing over 400,000 Americans who have Down syndrome. The mission of NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.
About Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births. All people with Down syndrome will have some degree of learning disability but many will go on to lead full and semi-independent lives. There is estimated to be up to 7 million people who have Down syndrome living worldwide.