The Down Syndrome Association of the Philippine (DSAPI), together with the SM Cares Program on Disability Affairs, recently celebrated the 21st Year of Happy Walk at the Skydome in SM North Edsa.
Held annually every February, Happy Walk is part of the celebration of the Down Syndrome Consciousness Month.
This year’s celebration saw the participating PWDs and their families get engaged with free treats of cotton candies, unlimited popcorn and face painting.
A photo contest and fun games also kept the atmosphere a truly happy occasion, true to the event’s objective of promoting a better understanding of people with Down Syndrome so they can easily interact with the public, achieve self-reliance and continue to live decent lives.
DSAPI was formed in 1991 by a group of dedicated and committed parents of children with Down Syndrome to provide support to each other.
The group also initiates, develops, promotes, encourages and supports programs and projects concerning Down Syndrome.
DSAPI believes that initial reactions of new parents like disappointment, sorrow, fear, guilt, confusion and anger can be replaced with positive attitudes of warmth, love, understanding and hope after they get exposed to these programs and projects.
The SM Cares Program on Disability Affairs believes that PWDs deserve equal opportunities enjoyed by the general populace. It seeks to create a safe and accessible environment for PWDs especially those with Down Syndrome, and provides venues for their activities and projects. It also advocates a change in attitude of the community toward PWDs and believes that the greatest barrier is the lack of understanding about the special needs of PWDs.
SM Cares Program is on Facebook at facebook.com/smcsrprogram