The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is hosting its seventh annual Night of Champions and is pleased to announce that celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen will return as host. This community event recognizes area businesses that employ differently abled adults, including those with Down syndrome, and celebrates the contributions made by these employees.

According to the National Down Syndrome Congress, as many as eighty percent of adults with Down syndrome are unemployed. Low expectations and a lack of understanding about the great skills and wonderful work ethic many people with Down syndrome possess have contributed to this sad statistic. LDSS hopes to reverse this trend by encouraging area employers to give differently abled workers a chance.

“Dignity and self-respect are borne out of feeling that what we have to offer makes a difference,” said LDSS Night of Champions Chairperson, Allyson Harvin. “When forward thinking businesses give those with Down syndrome, and other differently abled adults, a chance to be productive members of society, society itself benefits.”