World Down Syndrome Day 3/21/21
World Down Syndrome Day is this Sunday, 3/21/21. “WDSD purpose is to raise awareness around the world of what Down syndrome is and the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our society. The day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012 and the date — always on the 21st day of the 3rd month — is meant to highlight the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which is the cause of Down syndrome.”
World Down Syndrome Day is an opportunity for all of us to promote awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion. Lack of knowledge and understanding can prevent people with Down syndrome from being accepted and included in society. The message is simple, every individual is unique, we all have value, and everyone has the right to live a happy and fulfilling life. I heard a great quote the other day, “Down syndrome is just another way that humanity presents itself”.
My son Nick is 27 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. He has taught me a multitude of life lessons. Our story has touched the lives of so many others:
Here are 3 easy ways to celebrate WDSD and promote acceptance and inclusion:
*Promote Down syndrome awareness on social media using the hashtags #wdsd #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndromeawarness #t21 #downsyndromelove #downsyndrome #321 #abilities #inclusion #funkysocks #downsyndromerocks #downsyndromewithasliceofautsim 🙂 Don’t forget to rock those funky socks to show that different is beautiful and wonderful!
*Encourage the use of person first language. This means saying, “a person or individual with Down syndrome”.
Do NOT say:
* “A Down syndrome baby, child or kid.”
* “Down’s baby, child or kid”
* “He or she has Downs
*Click here to: Take action – World Down Syndrome Day
Promoting WDSD on social media, encouraging the use of person first language and getting involved with WDSD events and fundraisers are wonderful ways you can be a part of of celebrating the uniqueness of individuals with Down syndrome. That’s what is in my noggin this week. Be sure and follow us on social media: Facebook and Instagram at Down Syndrome With a Slice of Autism to see how we will be celebrating!