Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It’s important to take time to reflect on this syndrome as it is a source of great confusion within our society. Many people have the idea that people with Down Syndrome are less capable or less intelligent than those without it. We’re here to put some of those myths to rest by collecting and listing useful facts about Down Syndrome below:
-They generally do not strap themselves to explosives in the shape of a giant rocket and almost kill themselves on the television show Jackass.
-They have the ability to talk to animals.
-They don’t have the ability to understand what animals say back.
-While they generally have the right to vote, certain states such as Arizona require those with Down Syndrome to appear before a judge to demonstrate their competency. As a result they are generally more qualified to vote than the rest of the U.S. population, such as people who make up their minds outside of a polling station minutes before voting (yes, this actually happens) or the people interviewed on the Howard Stern show in 2008 who said they supported Obama because he was pro-life, for the war in Iraq, and selected Sarah Palin as his running mate.
-They are able to acquire jobs and make a living unlike many burnouts and beatniks who lack this luxury of motivation.
-They can pursue post secondary education after completing high school and take courses in banking and personal finance. Many universities lament that not all students can learn such basic and essential skills, and that their non-Down Syndrome students have no idea what a personal budget is.
-They enjoy making people feel good about themselves in the online vehicle-soccer game Rocket League by complimenting players’ impressive moves regardless of what team they’re on.
-They enjoy belittling people in the online video game Halo by utterly obliterating the opposing team in Capture the Flag.
-They generally do not commit genocide against different ethnic groups.
-They generally commit genocide against bags of powdered doughnuts.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful day!
(Photo by Cyrus)