World Down Syndrome Day!
It is World Down Syndrome Day today! Help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is and how people with Down Syndrome enrich our lives and communities.
World Down Syndrome Day was observed for the first time in 2006. The United Nations officially began observing it in 2012. The date 21st March is symbolic: Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21, hence the date 21/3.
People with Down Syndrome have been able to achieve remarkable things. Here are just a few examples:
- Madeline Stuart is an Australian model who has appeared on the cover of Vogue and also on the New York Fashion Week catwalk.
- Ángela Bachiller is a Spanish politician (a city councillor for Valladolid and a member of the People’s Party.)
- Pascal Duquenne is a Belgian actor who won the Best Actor award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
Lots of Socks is an awareness campaign organised by Down Syndrome International. Interested in participating? All you need to do is wear the official #LotsOfSocks socks, or any brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. Don’t forget the hashtag!