Emily Katrina Banda, of Sonora, is going to be a part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation on Saturday September 14.

Of more than 3,000 photos received worldwide, Emily’s photo was chosen to be one of the 500 photos in the annual NDSS presentation kicking off Down syndrome Awareness month.

The presentation takes place on the morning of the NDSS Buddy Walk in New York City.

Projects like the Buddy Walk take place around the country every year as a way to help bring awareness about Down syndrome.

The Times Square video presentation features children like Emily as well as, teens and adults with Down syndrome working playing and learning with friends and family.

These everyday interactions are a reminder of the contributions, accomplishments and gifts that people with Down Syndrome bring to their communities around the world.

In a press release, the NDSS asserts that their mission is “to be the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, NDSS provides state-of-the-art comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families.”

Additionally, the NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities, according to the release.

Emily’s part in this year’s NDSS video presentation in New York adds to her already amazing characteristics and success as a special individual.