R 158
2019 -- H 5890
Enacted 03/21/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Mattiello, Shekarchi, Azzinaro, Kennedy, and Serpa
Date Introduced: March 21, 2019

     WHEREAS, On December 19th of 2011, the United Nations General Assembly
designated March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed annually beginning in
2012; and
     WHEREAS, The day was established in order to raise public awareness throughout
society regarding persons with Down syndrome; and
     WHEREAS, Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has
always been a part of the human condition and is the most common chromosomal disorder in the
United States; and
     WHEREAS, Each year, one out of every 700 babies, or about 6,000 babies annually, are
born with Down syndrome in the United States; and
     WHEREAS, Down syndrome exists in all nations across the globe and commonly results
in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics, and oftentimes health; and
     WHEREAS, Ensuring and promoting the full realization of all human rights and
fundamental freedoms for persons with Down Syndrome is critical to achieving the
developmental goals and overall potential for these individuals; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, adequate access to health care, to early intervention programs,
and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and
development of individuals with Down syndrome; and
     WHEREAS, Persons with Down syndrome should enjoy a full and decent life, in
conditions that ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the person's active participation
in the community and the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an
equal basis with other persons; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby recognizes the inherent dignity, worth, and valuable contributions
of persons with intellectual disabilities as promoters of well-being and diversity within their
communities, and the importance of their individual autonomy and independence, including the
freedom to make their own choices; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby commemorates "World Down Syndrome Day" on
March 21, 2019, in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Crystal Greene, President of the Down
Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, and Steve and Pasqualina Feole.