While Mike Adams was driving, he noticed a childhood cancer awareness license plate and asked himself why there wasn’t one for Down syndrome.
He decided to fill the need and set out to create a specialty license plate to celebrate people with Down syndrome.
His idea is becoming a reality with the support of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome and Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands.
“It’s something we’re very excited about,” Adams said, “to bring awareness to our kids and those individuals with Down syndrome.”
Adams’ 13-year-old daughter, Addison, has Down syndrome, and he said he is proud of everything she does — and she does a lot.
She is a busy student, cheerleader and dancer, and helps assist the coaches of her brother’s baseball and basketball teams, Adams said.
“She’s a fighter and … as typical of a little girl as she can be,” he said.
The DMV requires 250 paid applications to produce the specialty plate.
Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome released the design options on its Facebook page at the end of June. The post got over 190 comments of people sharing their support and voting on their favorite.
The most popular design features the blue and yellow Down syndrome ribbon in a heart shape on the left. “Celebrate the EXTRAordinary” is written in blue type on a shaded yellow background.
The group is now accepting applications for the license plate, and hopes to reach 250 by the end of the year, so production can start at beginning of 2019.
The plates are $70, and applications can be found on downsyndromene.org. Checks will be deposited in batches of 20, Adams said. When the organization has 250 applications it will give a check for $17,500 to the DMV to start production.
Once the DMV has the check and applications, the plates are listed for sale to the public on its website. People who pre-ordered the plates will receive them in roughly four weeks, according to the DMV.