Inspired by Lauryn (my daughter with an awesome extra chromosome), 21 DreamS was born out of a desire to "do something" for World Down Syndrome Day (on 3/21) - to create something that would raise awareness for Down syndrome, as well as to celebrate the beautiful lives of people who have Down syndrome. 

21 DreamS started as a fairly simple concept...to create an inspiring book featuring pictures of and stories about individuals with Down syndrome.  The first volume was published, and several more have followed.  In addition,21 DreamS has evolved into a community platform where AWARENESS...ACCEPTANCE...INCLUSION...and INSPIRATION are created.
 

21 DreamS Timeline

2013

February

  • Jen and Julie dream up the idea...contact Down Syndrome Indiana for ideas and input

March

July

August - September
  • 21 DreamerS - Lauryn, Mia and Tia - photos are chosen by National Down Syndrome Society and featured in the New York Times Square Video for the New York City Buddy Walk
  • The 21 DreamS Team is formed for the 2013 DSI Buddy Walk...host several fundraising events

October
  • 21 DreamS donation of $250 made to Down Syndrome Indiana (proceeds from book sales)
  • The 21 DreamS Team Buddy Walk Team gets the 2013 DSI Buddy Walk First Place Team - raising $25,000 for Down Syndrome Indiana
  • 21 DreamS - stories that will open your eyes to life...Volume 2 released (10/23/13)
  • 21 DreamerS - Lauryn and Mia - go viral!  Their photos were chosen by Nuby from the Times Square Video to be featured in the Nuby social media awareness campaign.
  • Ebooks for all volumes now available

2014

January
  • 21 DreamS partners with Down Syndrome Indiana for a Facebook campaign...Individuals from 21 DreamS to be featured on DSI's Facebook Page over the course of 2014
  • Photo sessions for Volume 3
  • DSI purchases copies of 21 DreamS - stories that will open your eyes to life...Volume 2 to put in New Parent Packs (new parents in Indiana to a baby born with an extra chromosome will receive a copy of the book, along with other Ds resources/information!)

March

July
  • The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) National Convention held in INDIANAPOLIS - 21 DreamS featured in the Souvenir Journal and 21 DreamS information handed out at Exhibit booths (Down Syndrome Indiana and Access Behavioral Solutions)

More in 2014 - 2015...and beyond!
  • Goal to get 3210 Likes on the 21 DreamS Facebook page by August 21, 2014 (Lauryn's 4th Birthday)
  • 21 DreamS - stories that will open your eyes to life...Volume 4 to be released in October 2014
  • Photo sessions for Volume 5 - early 2015
  • 21 DreamS - stories that will open your eyes to life...Volume 5 to be released on World Down Syndrome Day 2015
  • More volumes of 21 DreamS - stories that will open your eyes to life and continue to spread the message of Awareness...Acceptance...Inclusion...and Inspiration!

 

Visit www.21dreamsproject.com to learn more!