The National Down Syndrome Society established a Buddy Walk in 1995 to promote inclusion and awareness. There are now 275 walks across the country. This year, in Central Park, Brandon received the highest honor of The Dan Piper Advocacy award. This award is to commemorate Dan Piper's life by celebrating a self-advocate through everyday activities. brings about a greater public awareness and understanding of people with Down syndrome in their community. It was quite an honor and he gave a speech. He always ends with something to think about.
Parents - Don’t ever give up on your child.
Educators - Open the door and give us a chance.
Employers - Don’t underestimate us.
Community - Embrace us!