Noah Miranda

Woodinville resident Noah Miranda, 7, smiles before his first day of school.

Noah Miranda’s smile is contagious, and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) agrees. 

Noah, a 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome from Woodinville, was chosen to be featured in the NDSS annual New York Times Square video presentation. 

“Noah’s a real sweetheart,” said his father Vinny Miranda.

The NDSS selected a photo of Noah smiling for his first day of school to be included in the program out of 2,100 other entries from around the U.S., according to a news release. 

Every year, the NDSS features 500 photos of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome to raise awareness about the condition, the release said. On Sept. 18, the video will be displayed on two jumbotron screens on Broadway in New York.

The presentation will be live streamed on the NDSS Facebook page from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (EST) on Sept. 18. Vinny Miranda said the entire family plans to gather and watch the premiere of the video. He encourages the Woodinville community to tune in as well.

NDSS, founded in 1979, is a human rights organization designed to enhance the quality of life for those with Down syndrome.

Noah's mother Jennifer Miranda first submitted a photo of him for the program when he was a baby, but it wasn’t chosen. She decided to try again this year.

“We were so happy and excited when Noah had been chosen because this is a big opportunity for awareness,” Jennifer Miranda said. “It's the kick-start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month next month.”

Noah doesn’t let Down syndrome stop him from enjoying life, Jennifer Miranda said.

He particularly loves singing and dancing along to the beat of hip-hop music and playing ball with his family, Jennifer Miranda said.

Noah is a social butterfly, Vinny Miranda said. When he meets someone new, he likes to get to know them.

“He gets attached really fast,” he said. “Noah’s a big softy.”

The Miranda family moved to Woodinville from Federal Way last November, Jennifer Miranda said. 

To further Down syndrome awareness, she said, the Mirandas plan to participate in the Buddy Walk program in October. The Buddy Walk is an advocacy event to raise funds for local and national efforts to increase acceptance for people with Down syndrome, the release said. 

The Times Square video marks the beginning of the Buddy Walk program, which occurs nationwide, the release states. The Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound will be hosting an organized Buddy Walk in Bellevue, 10201 NE 4th St, on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The group encourages families with young children and unvaccinated individuals to participate virtually by walking in their neighborhood or at a local park. There is also an in-person option, according to the DSC Puget Sound website.

Teams made of families or friends can sign up for the walk at dscpugetsound.org/puget-sound-buddy-walk/

“If you get to know somebody with Down syndrome, you will see that they're just like every other child or adult,” Jennifer Miranda said. “They can do anything; it just takes a little longer.”

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