World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

Basic Information about WDSD

World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21 every year to raise public awareness and voice for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome.

Observed on: March 21

Organized by: UN, WHO

Introduced in: 2007 (WHO Recognition), 2011 (UN Recognition)

Observed: Worldwide

About World Down Syndrome Day

Every year March 21 is observed as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births.

On December 20, 2007, World Health Organization (WHO) recognized March 21 as the World Down Syndrome Day. On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly recognized March 21 as Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) through a resolution.

Activities and Programs on Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

The activities or programs conducted on this day aims to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

On this day programs and activities like demonstrations, scientific meetings, social meetings, medical meetings are conducted to spread the awareness about the Down syndrome and also to exchange their knowledge.

There are many fund-raising activities to support people with Down syndrome. WDSD is one of the great times to support the organizations work in this field. Social media campaigns are organized to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Hashtags used are #WorldDownSyndromeDay, #WDSD.

Themes for World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day 2021 Theme is “We CONNECT so that we can

Down Syndrome Day 2020 Theme was “We Decide

WDSD 2019 Theme was “Leave no one behind

WDSD 2018 Theme was “What I bring to my community

2017 Theme: My Voice, My Community

2016 Theme: My friends, My Community

2015 Theme: My Opportunities, My Choices – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families

2014 Theme: Health and Well-being – Access and Equality for all

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