World Down Syndrome Day

The 21st March 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time this day will be officially recognised by the United Nations.WDSD is  held on 21 March (21/3) every year to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of chromosome 21 which causes the genetic condition Down syndrome. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of a condition which affects approximately 1 in 800 births worldwide, and to promote the inherent rights of persons with Down syndrome to enjoy full and dignified lives and be active participants in their communities and society.

Activities and events which take place on this day typically showcase the abilities and accomplishments of persons with Down syndrome and encourage independence, self-advocacy and freedom for persons with Down syndrome to make their own choices. To date, WDSD has been observed in over 60 countries around the world.  Each year the voice of people with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them grows louder but there is still a long way to go.

To mark World Down Syndrome Day we are joining Wakefield Down Syndrome Support Group at their annual family fun day to be held at Nostell Priory, Wakefield, on Saturday 24th March 2102. Last years event saw over 3000 visitors and this year is set to be even bigger! The event runs from 1pm -4pm and will include lots of stalls, games and displays!


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