Today is World Down Syndrome Day•
Posted on March 21 2023
World Down Syndrome Day is an annual observance that takes place on March 21st. The day is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have distinctive physical features and developmental challenges, but they also have unique talents and abilities.
The theme of World Down Syndrome Day changes every year, but the focus is always on promoting inclusion, independence, and empowerment for people with Down syndrome. The day is celebrated with a range of events and activities around the world, including conferences, workshops, and social gatherings.
The date of March 21st was chosen for World Down Syndrome Day because it represents the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome. The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2011, and since then it has become a global movement to raise awareness and promote the rights and well-being of people with Down syndrome.