Are you aware of the significance of March 21st? It's a day when we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, and it provides an excellent opportunity for individuals with Down syndrome and their advocates to express themselves and make their voices heard.
Down syndrome is a natural chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of human nature. This genetic condition is prevalent globally and commonly affects learning styles, physical features, and overall health. To ensure proper growth and development, social learning programs offer support and integration to individuals with Down syndrome.
- The primary goal of World Down Syndrome Day is to promote public awareness of this genetic disorder.
- We want to educate others on the importance of supporting our friends and family who have directly or indirectly experienced life with Down syndrome.
- Through events worldwide, individuals with Down syndrome can ensure their own advocacy and inclusion in their communities.
- As the years pass, the voices of those with Down syndrome become stronger, influencing government policy and becoming more empowered.
This year, let's join forces to amplify their message and show our support. Use the hashtag #WorldDownSyndromeDay to join the conversation and spread awareness of this worthy cause. Let's celebrate the uniqueness and value that individuals with Down syndrome bring to our world.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY
- Check if your local school offers any volunteer opportunities in their Integrated Learning Center.
- Join local events or share yours.
- Join their #LotsOfSocks fundraising campaign.
- Create your own fundraising campaign. Visit the link below to learn more.
- Create a video based on this year’s theme.
- Volunteer to speak at your school about Down syndrome and share your experiences.
- Create opportunities in your community that will encourage advocacy and empowerment.
- Find out more at worlddownsyndromeday.org and use #WorldDownSyndromeDay to share on social media.
WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY HISTORY
Since 2006, Down Syndrome International has promoted World Down Syndrome Day to encourage people with Down Syndrome to help raise awareness about the condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day in December 2011. Each year, the organization creates a theme. Past themes have included:
- 2020 – We Decide
- 2019 – Leave No One Behind
- 2018 – What I Bring To My Community
- 2017 – My Voice My Community
Down Syndrome FAQ
Q. How many U.S. babies are born with Down Syndrome?
A. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6,000 babies are born with Down Syndrome in the United States each year.
Q. Are there different types of Down syndrome?
A. Yes. Most people with Down syndrome are born with Trisomy 21. The other two types of Down syndrome are Translocation Down syndrome and Mosaic Down syndrome.
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