Schwenksville’s Young Represents ‘Nothing Down’

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Schwenksville resident Olivia Young (above) has been named as one of the newest ambassadors for Nothing Down, a New Jersey-based international non-profit that aims to “to change the way the world views Down syndrome.”

Organization co-founder Shannon Daughtry, in a media release, said Young was among 29 ambassadors selected in February (2020) to represent and assist Nothing Down. With the help of her family, she will participate in community outreach, fund-raising, and social media promotion during the remainder of the year.

Down syndrome is named after an English doctor, John Langdon Down, who was the first to categorize common features of people with the condition. It is “the most common chromosomal condition diagnosed in the United States,” according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. It “changes how a baby’s body and brain develop, which can cause both mental and physical challenges,” the CDC said.

Nothing Down provides support, advocacy, education, and opportunities for individuals and families touched by Down syndrome. It seeks to eliminate stigmas often associated with disabilities. The organization produces documentaries, viral photo and video projects, an annual calendar, and social media campaigns that highlight the promise and beauty of individuals with Down syndrome.

The non-profit also operates several programs that celebrate differences and fosters acceptance among students. Its school program raises awareness and funds for participating schools during World Down Syndrome Day every March.

Photo from Nothing Down