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Acadiana residents to be featured in national Down Syndrome campaign in Times Square

Posted at 10:31 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 18:20:07-04

Three Louisiana residents have been chosen to be featured in a national campaign to bring awareness to Down Syndrome.

Ellie Grace Guidry, of Lafayette, Niles Joseph Broussard, of New Iberia, and Taylor Jarvis Bedingfield of Alexandria will be highlighted on the Jumbotrons in New York City's Times Square as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Molly Guidry with the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana, says the three were part of 500 photos that were chosen to be featured in the campaign out of 2,000 total entries.

The National Down Syndrome Society's annual Times Square video presentation kicks off the Buddy Walk and National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, celebrated in October. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down Syndrome that promote value, acceptance, and inclusion, the organization says.

Taylor Jarvis Bedingfield is a 2020 graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette. Niles Broussard is pictured posing at his godfather's 40th birthday party, and Ellie Grace Guidry is pictured in her ballet dance costume for a solo performance.

The video will be streamed on NDSS' social media outlets from the heart of Times Square.

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