Bill Text: NY K00853 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 21, 2020, as Down Syndrome Awareness Day in the State of New York

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-13 - referred to calendar [K00853 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-K00853-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 853

BY: M. of A. Walsh

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        March  21,  2020,  as Down Syndrome Awareness Day in
        the State of  New  York,  in  conjunction  with  the
        observance of World Down Syndrome Day

  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body to recognize
official days that are set aside to increase awareness of common genetic
variations that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this  Legislative  Body  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo to proclaim March 21, 2020, as Down Syndrome
Awareness Day in  the  State  of  New  York,  in  conjunction  with  the
observance of World Down Syndrome Day; and

  WHEREAS,  Down  syndrome is a genetic condition affecting the body's
development caused by the presence of three copies of chromosome  21  in
the  cell nucleus, and is also called Trisomy 21; there are an estimated
seven million people with Down syndrome worldwide; and

  WHEREAS, One in every 691 babies  born  in  the  United  States  are
diagnosed with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic disorder
in  the  nation;  approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and
about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States each
year; and

  WHEREAS, While once extremely fatal, advances in medical  technology
are  helping  individuals  with  Down syndrome to live longer, healthier
lives  than  ever  before;  with  proper  treatment,  most  particularly
corrective  heart surgeries, as many as 80% of adults with Down syndrome
will reach age 60 or older; and

  WHEREAS, Down Syndrome International will be  celebrating  the  15th
Anniversary  of  World  Down  Syndrome  Day  on March 21, 2020; the date
(3/21) was chosen to represent the scientific basis  of  the  condition,
Trisomy 21; and

  WHEREAS, World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has
been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012; each year the
voice  of  people  with  Down  syndrome and those who live and work with
them, grows louder, but there is still so much more to be done; and

  WHEREAS, More and more New Yorkers are interacting with  individuals
with  Down syndrome, increasing the need for widespread public education
and acceptance; and

  WHEREAS, People with Down syndrome in the State of New York  possess
a  wide  range of abilities, and are active participants in educational,
occupational, social, and recreational circles of the community; and

  WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize  the
inherent  dignity, worth and valuable contributions of persons with Down
syndrome  as  promoters  of  the  well-being  and   diversity   of   our
communities,  and  the  importance  of  their  individual  autonomy  and

independence, including the freedom to  make  their  own  choices;  now,
therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That this Legislative Body, pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 21, 2020, as Down
Syndrome Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of World Down Syndrome Day; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.
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