World Down Syndrome Day

Today, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day. Read on to learn more and help raise public awareness of Down Syndrome.

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Here's more on World Down Syndrome Day from

"World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world and Down Syndrome Association Singapore launched and hosted the WDSD website from 2006-2010, on behalf of DSi, for global activities to be recorded.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  

All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world, when given the opportunity. 

But many are prevented from making meaningful contributions.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday 21 March 2018, we call upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world what you bring to your community."

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