World Down Syndrome Day March 21

World Down Syndrome Day helps educate the public on what Down Syndrome is and how to encourage those with Down Syndrome to participate in daily activities so they can live a full life and play a vital role in their community.

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. According to the UN, it affects about 1 in 800 births worldwide, causing intellectual disability and associated medical issues.

Organizations such as Down Syndrome International have been organizing various activities for World Down Syndrome Day since 2006. In November 2011, the UN decided to officially observe the event from 2012 onwards, inviting governments and businesses to take part in World Down Syndrome Day. This day was chosen to symbolize the third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down syndrome. 

On this day, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome. March 21 provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome around the world.

 Activities and events that take place on March 21 and throughout March, showcase the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. These events also focus on encouraging independence, self-advocacy and freedom of choices for people with Down syndrome. 

Mai Pham