World Down Syndrome Day

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2021 DateMarch 21, 2021
2022 DateMarch 21, 2022
World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day History

World Down Syndrome Day seeks to raise awareness about the genetic disorder. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has existed in humans across all regions of the globe. It is the presence of an extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. It is still not yet known why it occurs, but it can result in varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability. This day aims to provide those with down syndrome the ability to have full participation in the decision making process about matters relating to their lives.

World Down Syndrome Day was established in 2011 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on March 21st.

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World Down Syndrome Day Facts

  • The theme for World Down Syndrome Day in 2020 was We Decide.
  • According to the U.N, those with Down syndrome can achieve an optimal quality of life through parental care and support, medical guidance, and community based support systems. By being inclusive such as with education, those with Down syndrome can have greater participation in mainstream society.
  • Acording to WorldDownSyndromeDay.org, about 1 in 800 live births worldwide result in Down sydrome.
  • According to the U.N, every year 3,000 to 5,000 children worldwide are born with Down syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Listen to several people with Down syndrome explain what Down Syndrome is and how it affects their lives.
  • Learn more about Down syndrome in the short film Chromosomes R Us.
  • Watch a film or documentary that accurately portrays Down syndrome. Here are our suggestions:
    The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
    Far From the Tree (2017)
    Where Hope Grows (2014)


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