Bean (left) poses for a photo with his friend of four years Beth (right)

Each year on March 21, communities around the world celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and raise their voices to increase awareness and combat stereotypes.

Bean is 25 years old and he participates in our Rensselaer County Day Community Opportunities Program and he cherishes all of the friendships he’s made. His outgoing nature and exuberance spreads to everyone around him. He’s always among the first people to introduce himself to someone new and advocate for his friends.

When asked what makes Down Syndrome Day special to him, he exclaims, “It’s about community and opportunity! Differences make things a lot better!”