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Rock Your Socks For World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

Wayne County Schools recognize World Down Syndrome Day. Wayne County Schools are asking the community to join them in wearing mismatched socks to recognize World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. The idea behind wearing colorful socks that do not match is to get people to ask about it so those wearking the mismatched socks can respond and inform them about World Down Syndrome Day. This awareness campaign is an easy and effective way to help call attention to Down Syndrome and be supportive. Today, many people with Down Syndrome can live independent lives. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder whereby a person has three copies on Chromosome 21 instead of two. Down Syndrome is the most frequently occuring chromosomal dosorder and the leading cause of intellectual and developmental delay in the U.S. and in the world. The cause of Down Syndrome is unknown.

Please wear your colorful and mismatched socks.

 

 

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY IS March 21

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Wednesday, March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a day that is meant to help raise awareness of Down syndrome, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome are a significant part of our lives and communities.

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal disorder that crosses racial, gender and socioeconomic lines, and affects approximately 1 in 800 live births. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.

People with Down syndrome can and do significantly contribute to their community when given the opportunity.

On World Down Syndrome Day, every person with Down syndrome is called upon to share what they bring to their community through the #WhatIBringToMyCommunity #WDSD18 campaign. The campaign aims to:

  • Explain how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport;
  • Explain how negative attitudes and a lack of knowledge about their potential as individuals prevent people with Down syndrome from having opportunities to make contributions;
  • Empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for their rights and opportunities to make meaningful contributions and
  • Reach out to key stakeholders including educators, employers, public authorities, media and the wider community to ensure they see the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome to make meaningful contributions and encourage these stakeholders to bring about change and disseminate this message. 

 

WDSD was first observed as early as 2006 in many countries around the world. On December 19, 2011,

 

the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year.

 

The date for WDSD – the 21st day of the 3rd month – was chosen to recognize the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

For more information on World Down Syndrome Day, visit the DSI website.

 

 

 

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