PINE BELT, Mississippi (WDAM) – Down Syndrome Awareness Month is October and to celebrate, the National Down Syndrome Society will be showing a video in Times Square this weekend.
Pine Belt resident Zackery Wilson will be included in the presentation.
“We are delighted that Zackery has been chosen for this,” said Kandi Pickard, President and CEO of NDSS. “We received over 2,100 photos, and we had about 500 locations in this year’s Times Square video and really every year we try to be as inclusive as possible and really help represent the diversity of each. individual, as well as their unique talents and abilities. . “
Pickard says the hour-long video will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 18, on the organization’s Facebook page. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.
“In 1985, you know, people with Down syndrome lived in their mid to early twenties and now we have people living in their sixties and sixties,” Pickard said. “So it’s about celebrating our communities, celebrating these incredible people with Down syndrome.
When asked what he thought of the feature, Zackery responded with a smile.
“I feel super happy,” Zackery said.
Wilson and the FSFIT jersey he designed will be shown on two Jumbotron screens. Her mother, Anne Marie Wilson, said they were all happy to be a part of something that promotes acceptance and inclusion.
“I think people should look at ability as opposed to disability, and I think people should give people with disabilities a chance because they are unlimited,” said Anne Marie.
Overall, she says they are grateful for all the support.
“Thank you very much,” Zackery said.
According to NDSS, Zackery is one of three people selected in Mississippi to appear in the video.
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