In December 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.
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.
Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.
21 March 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. For WDSD 2017, Down Syndrome International will focus on enabling people with Down syndrome (and those who advocate for them) to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to ensure that they can be included, on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.
The campaign will:
– Explain why it is important for people with Down syndrome and their advocates to speak up and influence local, national, regional and international policy makers.
– Explain what the key policies are which affect the lives of people with Down syndrome and how they can ensure full society inclusion if implemented.
– Explain how advocates can get involved – from media campaigns to direct political advocacy.
– Explain how to empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for themselves and provide accessible tools to facilitate this.
WDSD will be encouraging people with Down syndrome to say “My Voice, My Community” and will ask everyone to respond to their call by sharing and showing the world how people with Down syndrome participate in the community alongside everyone else.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) 2017
#MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community.