GABRIELLE AND SETH SCHLAACK (siblings), of Laingsburg, will appear under the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual Times Square video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Gabrielle and Seth, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost 500 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square. In the photo, Gabrielle and Seth are all dressed up for their school dance.

The Times Square video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will follow the 23rd annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October, with over 325,000 people participating around the globe. For information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, persons can visit or call 800-221-4602. For more information about the National Down Syndrome Society, persons can visit

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National Down Syndrome Society was last modified: August 21st, 2017 by Karen Elford