March 21, 2017

MayOR formally recognizes world DOWN SYNDROME DAY  

Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a proclamation to recognize March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day in the City of Hoboken!  Mayor Zimmer honored Rock the 21 for its efforts in creating social awareness and educational opportunities for the City, and supporting individuals with Down syndrome.

 

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

Each year, Rock the 21 hopes to bring individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) and their families together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.  World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21st – a date formally recognized by the United Nations to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes DS. On this day, people with DS and those who live and work with them, organize and participate in events to raise public awareness and create a voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with DS. 

This year's celebration exceeded our expectations!  With over 50 people in attendance, Rock the 21 hosted a dinner at City Bistro in Hoboken to build a stronger support system in Hudson County.  It served as an opportunity for parents to network and share experiences and for kids to form friendships and have fun! 

At the celebration, Rock the 21 honored Hudson Milestones for the work they do for people with DS.  Their mission is to build and maintain a Hudson County based organization dedicated to the care, support and advancement of people with developmental disabilities and their families. In an effort to enhance Hudson Milestones early intervention program, Rock the 21 presented them with a variety of educational toys that stimulate the mind and provide sensory input for children ages 0 - 3 years. 

It was a great night meeting new families and celebrating all those who rock that extra chromosome! 

 

January 6, 2017

SIP & SPIN Parent networking event

In partnership with the Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group, Rock the 21 hosted a night of exercising and networking for parents of children with special needs.  The fun workout was followed by conversation, cocktails and healthy snacks!  It was a great way to connect with other parents in our neighborhood. Many thanks to cycle studio, CycleBar, for offering us a free spin class.