October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, a chance for us to celebrate people with Down syndrome and let people know about their abilities and accomplishments! Because it’s always about what someone can do, never about what they can’t. 

Ross Carangelo works on a painting at the Northville Art Center.

There are many extraordinary individuals with Down syndrome in the Lexington family. For example, Ross Carangelo is an accomplished artist in the Creative Expressions program. His paintings are both beautiful and in high demand – sometimes they sell before he even exhibits them at the many art shows he has taken part in. In 2013 he won the Curators Award at the “Through My Eyes” exhibit at Saratoga Bridges and in December 2014 one of his paintings was accepted into the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie’s Annual Juried Art Show, one of 37 chosen from artists of all kinds across New York State.

Shawn Lehr performs with Flame.

Shawn Lehr is a member of Flame. His dancing and comedy acts are valuable additions to the band’s charming stage appeal. As part of Flame, Shawn has toured all over the United States and performed overseas, spreading a message of inspiration and awareness to an international audience.