World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), held every year on 21st March, holds special symbolism in its date. The choice of the third month represents the unique triplication of the 21st chromosome, the genetic characteristic responsible for Down syndrome. Each year, WDSD serves as a global platform for increasing awareness about Down syndrome. It’s an opportunity for folks to learn more, debunk stereotypes, and importantly, celebrate the lives and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome.

This year’s theme is ‘End the Stereotypes’ and it emphasises our collective responsibility to uphold the rights of people with Down syndrome to live free from judgment. Many folks choose to wear brightly coloured, mismatched socks today – a tradition that stems from the way chromosomes resemble the shape of socks. Also, look out for discussions, podcasts and community events, which each play a role in fostering inclusivity and understanding.

Relevant Hashtags: #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

Learn More: www.worlddownsyndromeday.org

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