World Down Syndrome Day: March 21st
World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21st. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world participate in activities to raise public awareness to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that affects approximately 1 in 800 live births. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
The date for World Down Syndrome Day was selected as the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome International words to increase awareness and support for those who suffer from Down Syndrome. For more information and to donate, check out http://www.ds-int.org.
Curator: John Kremer