World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It is not yet known why this syndrome occurs, but Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in various effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health.

21 March is World Down Syndrome Day as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011.

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world, organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

This year the message is ‘WITH US NOT FOR US’. It is key to a human rights-based approach to disability.