World Down Syndrome Day


World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), is a global awareness day that is held on the 21st of March every year.

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This extra genetic material causes the developmental changes and physical features of Down syndrome.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Down syndrome varies in severity among individuals, causing lifelong intellectual disability and developmental delays.

It’s the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and cause of learning disabilities in children. It also commonly causes other medical abnormalities, including heart and gastrointestinal disorders.

This year’s theme is ‘With Us Not For Us’. It emphasizes on persons with disabilities have the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else; hence working With others to improve their lives.

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome.



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