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Rhode Island Statehouse recognizes World Down Syndrome Day

PROVIDENCE — On Thursday, March 21, Rhode Island Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello joined the entire House of Representatives in welcoming the Feole family and officially commemorating the date as World Down Syndrome Day in the State of Rhode Island.

Observed globally each year on the 21st of March, World Down Syndrome Day recognizes and celebrates all people with Down syndrome and is a day to raise public awareness and continue to advocate for their rights, inclusion and well-being.

Speaker Mattiello shared before the House of Representatives that earlier in the day he visited with the Feole family — whose young son Vincenzo has Down syndrome — and said that it was an honor to have them at the statehouse.

“It was one of those heart-filling events. They are a beautiful family,” he said.

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