10.03.16

Senator Burr Commemorates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

WASHINGTON — United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today commemorated the upcoming beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October:

“There are still too many barriers in our society that prevent Americans with Down Syndrome from realizing the full potential of their God-given gifts. Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a good time to remember that we must keep fighting to tear those walls down,” said Senator Burr. “I am proud to have sponsored the landmark ABLE Act with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) which helps families with a disabled child to save for their child’s lifelong expenses without losing eligibility for critical benefits they need, such as medical care. This legislation has been called one of the most significant laws helping people with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In a time of stark division, the bipartisan ABLE Act is a hopeful reminder of what is possible in Washington when the cause is right. I’m looking forward to continuing to fight for the most vulnerable in our society.”

Click here to view Senator Burr’s remarks commemorating National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Down Syndrome month

The National Down Syndrome Society has designated October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome, and their vital contributions to our society. According to NDSS, “It’s not about celebrating disabilities; it’s about celebrating abilities.”

Senator Burr is continuing to work with a bipartisan group in Congress that includes Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on legislation that builds on the promise of the original ABLE Act, further expanding options for those with disabilities.