Join in the mission of GiGi’s Playhouse to change the way the world sees Down syndrome by spreading the message of acceptance, generosity, and kindness with 321 ROCKS!
Grab some rocks, paint, markers, glitter glue and other crafty goodies then get creative with words or drawings to spread positivity and awareness!
Send your beautifully decorated 321 ROCKS on a storytelling journey by sharing them with friends and family or placing them in safe places within your community for others to discover! Put a smile on their face with a rockin’ reminder that the world is a better place for having people with Down syndrome in it!
Be sure to include the hashtag #321ROCKS or the website 321rocks.com on your rock (or a note inside a plastic baggie with your rock) so people can learn more about the purpose behind 321 ROCKS!
DON’T FORGET TO POST PHOTOS OF YOUR ROCKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH #321ROCKS AND #GENERATIONG SO WE CAN SEE YOUR MASTERPIECES!
You see, in medical terms, Down syndrome is Trisomy 21. A trisomy means a 3rd copy. Down syndrome is the result of a 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. Individuals with Down Syndrome definitely ROCK that extra chromosome and need our help to change perceptions and break down barriers!
Why is this so important?
People with Down syndrome wear their diagnosis on their faces, and are often subjected to bullying, prejudice and cruelty. Wearing a Down syndrome diagnosis on their face, combined with the despicable prevalence of the “R-word” on social media, in sports and entertainment, and more: empirical differences can challenge emotional wellness and fundamental ACCEPTANCE every single day.
With over 450,000 individuals with Down syndrome living in the US alone; and including affected parents and siblings, over 2 million people face this diagnosis every single day. 1 in 691 live births results in a Down syndrome diagnosis. The average age to give birth to a baby is 28. With an 80-85% termination rate: much work remains to give babies a fighting chance for life, love and happiness.
Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s Playhouse makes a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed!
Through free programs and through our Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, we EMPOWER families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. Our program outcomes help advance this vital social impact goal.
GiGi's Playhouse is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is solely funded by donations.