Gigi’s Playhouse, Scottsdale Leadership launch public awareness movement

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, Gigi’s Playhouse in Scottsdale is partnering with Scottsdale Leadership and launching a new public awareness movement, Generation G. This movement is designed to celebrate differences, stand up for others and support people of all abilities.

Generation G asks the community to use social media channels to engage, support and educate others about the successes and challenges people with Down syndrome experience in their lives. The movement is about changing perspectives and establishing collaborative partnerships for the benefit of others, according to a press release.

“Generation G asks the public to challenge the status quo and urges people to be courageous and place acceptance first, last and always. I’d like to ask each one of you to make a pledge and join us as we empower those impacted by Down syndrome,” stated Jennifer Gage, Gigi’s Playhouse President, in the release.

Gigi’s Playhouse, a literacy and achievement center, recently celebrated its first year in Scottsdale, serving families and friends impacted by Down Syndrome.

“We are pleased to have Scottsdale Leadership project team members partner with Gigi’s to create a comprehensive community outreach and engagement effort which can be sustainable through the years,” stated Margaret Leichtfuss, executive director of Scottsdale Leadership, in the release. “Scottsdale Leadership’s success is measured by the impact that our class members and 1,000-plus alumni have on the community.”

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated around the globe on March 21. The date is symbolic because people with Down Syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome, the release stated.

The day’s goal is to promote knowledge and understanding, seek international support, and achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere.

For more detailed information about Gigi’s Playhouse and its impact in Scottsdale, view the infographic below.

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