What is the purpose of World Down Syndrome Day?

What is the importance of Down syndrome?

Down Syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder and is the leading cause of intellectual and developmental delay not only in the U.S., but around the world. Despite this, it is the least-funded major genetic condition by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

What is the theme for National Down syndrome Day 2021?

For WDSD 2021, the theme is “CONNECT”. The message of the theme is to find new ways for people with Down syndrome to connect with others equally. The positive change will help them to have equal rights and more empowered.

How did World Down Syndrome Day start?

WDSD was first observed in 2006

Down Syndrome Association Singapore launched and hosted the WDSD website from 2006-2010, on behalf of DSi, for global activities to be recorded.

Why is it important to spread awareness about Down syndrome?

Down Syndrome Awareness Month is about encouraging more people to learn about this condition, to celebrate those living with it and to recognize the ways in which medical advancements can and do increasingly boost their quality of life.

Why do we wear odd socks for Down syndrome Day?

Each year, Down Syndrome International invites everyone across the world to wear odd socks to support World Down Syndrome Day. The date is the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

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What is the international campaign to raise awareness of Down syndrome?

IMDSA’s mosaic Down syndrome Awareness Campaign runs every year throughout the month of March to celebrate and raise awareness of mDs and World Down Syndrome Day. We aim to release a new photo or two, and caption each day and surpassed all expectations in 2019 with 60 families in 2020 taking part.