Today is International World Down Syndrome Day 2016!
A globally recognised day which occurs every March 21st where Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages friends all over the world to organise their own events and spread the awareness of what Down Syndrome is and what it’s meant to have it and how people with it play a vital role in our communities.
Essentially WDSD created for the purpose of dedicating a day to use their website as a single global meeting place where everyone can share their experiences and advertise their activities.
They can participate in World Down Syndrome Day initiatives like the WDSA Global Video Event and the WDSD Conference held at United Nations Headquarters
They encourage everyone to get involved and upload your activities and events to join their global online WDSD community. Each year the voice of people with Down Syndrome, and those who live and work with them grows louder.
March 21st was chosen, interestingly enough, because it is the date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month and it also signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
It was first observed in 2006 in many countries and back on December 19th, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as WDSD. The General Assembly decided to “designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012” and “invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome”.
Liam Neeson OBE, Oscar-nominated actor, Patron – Down Syndrome International
“Activities and events held on World Down Syndrome Day can have a tremendous impact, showcasing the abilities, talents and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. I encourage you all to tell the world what you are doing to celebrate this important day.”