John’s Crazy Socks and the National Down Syndrome Society Join Forces to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
John’s Crazy Socks and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) are presenting on online celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The celebration is free and you can register here.
- What is Down Syndrome? (2 p.m. EST) Leaders from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) will present an educational session explaining what Down syndrome is, how many people have Down syndrome and what is happening in the world of Down syndrome. There will be a question and answer period for the audience to ask questions.
- I am Down Syndrome: (2:30 p.m. EST) We will present a video where self-advocates with Down syndrome introduce themselves and share a glimpse into their lives and the achievements of people with Down syndrome. There will be a question and answer period for the audience to ask questions.
- A Special Spreading Happiness Show with John and Mark from John’s Crazy Socks:(3 p.m. EST) The boys share some of their experiences, tell stories, tell jokes, and share with the audience the mission of John’s Crazy Socks to spread happiness. This will be a live, interactive session so join the audience.
- An Online Dance Party with John from John’s Crazy Socks: (3:30 p.m. EST) John loves dancing as much as he loves socks. He will hold a special online dance party to celebrate Down Syndrome Day where everyone can join the fun. The Dance Party will be held on Zoom.
World Down Syndrome Day is March 21. It is a day to celebrate people with Down syndrome, to recognize all they bring to this world. It is a day to recognize the achievements of people with Down syndrome from the woman bagging groceries to the Congressional lobbyist to the triathlon athlete to the sock tycoon. It is a day to make us aware of the challenges and limitations that society often imposes on people with Down syndrome. It is a day of inspiration for all of us.
Why hold this celebration on March 19? We think more people will be able to join and enjoy the celebration on a Friday than on a Sunday.
All events are free and open to all.
The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the National Buddy Walk® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. 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 John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise built on four pillars:
- Inspiration and Hope: We hire people with differing abilities, share videos to show what people can do, host school tours and school groups that come for work experience. We want the world to see what people with differing abilities can do. Over half our employees have a differing ability.
- Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and raise money through our Sock of the Month Club and charity and awareness socks for our charity partners like Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America, the National Down Syndrome Society, and United Cerebral Palsy. We have raised more than $400,000 for our charity partners.
- Fun Products You Can Love: We have over 2,000 different socks and face masks plus a Sock of the Month Club, gift boxes and gift bags. And our selection is matched by our customer service: Most customers receive their socks within three days of ordering.
- Making It Personal: Every package gets a thank-you note from John and some candy.