John Cronin, the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks attended pre-school at ACDS and made a return visit yesterday morning to deliver a donation. ACDS is one of the key charity partners in the Giving Back program at John’s Crazy Socks.
Like many social service agencies, ACDS was founded in 1966 by a group of parents who were trying to figure out how to care for their children with Down syndrome. It has evolved into a multi-county agency providing services that cover an individual’s entire life and they now serve families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities that include Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Delays, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
“I love ACDS,” said John Cronin. “When I designed my first sock – our Down Syndrome Awareness Socks – we committed to donating money from those socks to ACDS. This is my way of saying thank you for all that ACDS did for me and does for so many others.”
Mark X. Cronin, John’s co-founder and Dad, explains, “We have long said that it is not enough to simply sell stuff, you have to give back. Gratitude is an essential part of our character as is our commitment to show what people with differing abilities can achieve. We now carry a line of Down Syndrome Socks and products that celebrate people with Down syndrome, and they help raise money for organizations that support people with Down syndrome like ACDS, Gigi’s Playhouse and the National Down Syndrome Society.”
“ACDS played a vital role in John’s life and in our family’s life. Raising a child with Down syndrome, we had so many questions and so many fears. They fed us information and encouraged John and my wife and myself. John’s independence and success today can be directly traced to the support he received from ACDS.”
John says, “I want everyone to know that I have Down syndrome and Down syndrome never holds me back.
To learn more about ACDS, you can visit their website at: https://www.acds.org/