Presenting the Congratulations Project

In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news on The Congratulations Project.

As many of you know, The Congratulations Project was launched at multiple PALS programs this past summer. Campers took time to write letters to new parents of babies with Down syndrome, and many of our counselors and siblings have joined them. The letters are designed to inspire, encourage, empathize, welcome, and, most importantly, congratulate new parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome.

Our goal is for these letters to be distributed to hospitals and local advocacy groups through individual connections around the country. Some camper letters will be shared individually, others will be paired with counselor letters, sharing not only the perspective of a self-advocate, but the value and impact of the 1-to-1 relationships formed at PALS programs. These letters will be given to parents just receiving the information that their child has or is suspected to have Down syndrome and each unique letter will contain the same message of hope, joy, and the value and impact of people with Down syndrome.


Today we are excited to share this letter from Samantha Cousins! We will continue to share samples of these letters on the blog over the next few weeks, and we encourage you to take time to learn more at www.palsprograms.org/congratulations . We also invite you to join us as we continue with this project. We are eager to receive more letters and to hear suggestions for new distribution sites. If you have any recommendations, or any questions about the project, please reach out to us at congratulations@palsprograms.org.

Thanks for your support!

Alex, David & Jenni