21 March: World Down Syndrome Day
The World Down Syndrome Day was observed on 21 March 2017. On this day of observation of the World Down Syndrome Day people with down syndrome and their nearby organise and participate in activities to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.
The day also seeks to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
The 2017 WDSD will focus on #MyVoiceMyCommunity - Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.
People suffering from the syndrome require adequate access to health care, inclusive education and early intervention programmes for their growth and development.
The World Down Syndrome Day came into existence in December 2011, when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 21 March as a day via its resolution (A/RES/66/149). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day annually on 21 March.