World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on 21 March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. Many of these events are recorded on the official World Down Syndrome Day website. 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.
WDSD 2017 Call to action is, #MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community. For more information visit: http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org
My son Nick, is 23 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. He participates fully in an adult day program, with enriching activities in the facility as well as the community, including volunteer jobs.
We can all help to promote awareness on social media and spread a positive message for people with Down syndrome.
Thank you to everyone who ordered funky socks from WeHelpTwo. Our campaign helped to raise money for The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS), http://www.nads.org, here in the Chicago area. In addition, WeHelpTwo is donating a pair of thermal socks for every pack we sold to our local homeless shelter. The campaign ends at the end of this month.
To order socks click here: https://my.wehelptwo.com/campaign?=1&id=373
Nick and I can’t wait to see you all rock your funky socks, tomorrow. Please post your pictures on our social media sites below!
Together, we can create a loud voice for better understanding, and advocating for rights, inclusion, and well-being for people having Down syndrome. That’s what’s in my noggin this week.
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