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Wear crazy socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Jennifer Cooley and Elliot Cooley Jennifer Cooley and Elliot Cooley
MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

This weekend you can do something fun and educational for your friends and family.

World Down Syndrome Day is a day set aside to raise awareness and educate the general public about Down Syndrome. The point is to get people talking about Down Syndrome.

There are things you can do to learn about Down Syndrome and raise awareness too. Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 you can show your support by wearing brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, or even extra socks to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry. And you can paint your nails blue and yellow in support of raising awareness.

“Elliot is 19 months and I found out when I was pregnant Elliot was going to have Down syndrome,” said Jennifer Cooley who's part of the Mobile County Down Syndrome Society. “I think the bigger thing I've learned on this journey so far, people with Down syndrome, people like Elliot all the way to adults, they're more like you and I then they are different from us.”

Elliot is Cooley's first child. She says so much of her and her husband's personality is apparent in Elliot's.

“He's outgoing and silly and a little bossy,” Cooley explained. “He can do anything he wants to, so really looking past the fact he has Down Syndrome and seeing all they have to offer and all the aspects of their personality. There's so much more to Elliot than the fact he has Down Syndrome so I feel like that's the most important thing.”

While at school or your workplace Friday, March 20 you can wear colorful socks and paint your nails blue and yellow in support of raising awareness.

Saturday, March 21 the RSA Tower will be lit blue and yellow in support of Down Syndrome awareness.

One way to learn about Down Syndrome is to watch and share the video Just Like You - Down Syndrome It was created by Just Like You Films. It shows how people with Down Syndrome have the same hopes, dreams and experiences as you and me. It's about accepting everyone's differences and learning from them. Having Down Syndrome is just a part of who someone is - it does not define them.

Make sure you send a picture of your fun crazy socks to reportit@fox10tv.com.

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