Today is World Down Syndrome Day! People across the globe will observe today by advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome.
The United Nations General Assembly designated March 21 as World Down Syndrome day in 2011, with the first observance occurring in 2012. The date 3/21 was intentionally chosen to represent the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
This year’s theme is #WhatIBringToMyCommunity and focuses on how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport.
Lots of Socks Campaign
Lots of Socks is an awareness campaign that is meant to get people talking. The basic idea is that you wear funky, mismatched socks to drive people to inquire about it. This provides the perfect opportunity for you to tell them about World Down Syndrome Day and share some educational facts.
You can share pictures of your mismatched socks on social media using the hashtag #lotsofsocks. Check out MediSked’s Facebook and Twitter to see the fun sock’s our team is wearing!
Ways you can observe WDSD today and every day:
- Break out those mismatched socks and get some conversations going
- Share information about Down syndrome to help raise awareness and reduce stigma
- Promote opportunities for full inclusion for people with Down syndrome
- Donate to organizations that support people with Down syndrome