World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2006.
The 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
It is a global effort that takes place every year to raise awareness about Down Syndrome.
It emphasises the need for worldwide awareness and discussion about Down Syndrome, which will enable people all across the world to campaign for full inclusion of people with Down syndrome and disabilities in society.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day. In the year 2012, it was commemorated for the first time.
An animated short, Freebird, was created to recognize World Down Syndrome Day in 2021. The film was set to a song, “Freedom” by Jordan Hart, and won the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2021.
The theme of World Down Syndrome Day this year is “Inclusion Means”. It calls for making efforts to include people with down syndrome in all matters of life and not discriminate against them.
World Down Syndrome Day Quotes and Messages
“People with Down syndrome can do anything—really, really, really anything!” Brittany Schiavone
Recognize the World Down Syndrome Day and help to spread awareness and support. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
Celebrate this Down Syndrome Day by helping to spread awareness on this day! I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability. Robert M Hense
It is important to remember on this World Down Syndrome Day that love doesn’t count chromosomes. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
God doesn’t make mistakes; we make mistakes in understanding the people suffering from Down syndrome. Support and love them and celebrate this World Down Syndrome Day.
People who are born with down syndrome are born with designer genes and nothing more. Wishing a very Happy World Down Syndrome Day to all.
Do not treat kids with down syndrome differently because they also deserve all the love and attention like any other kid. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
The occasion of World Down Syndrome Day reminds us all that with extra care and attention, we can change the lives of many people with this syndrome.
Warm wishes on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day to all. This day gives us an opportunity to make lives of people with down syndrome a lot better.
Let us make more and more people aware of this condition so that we can treat more and more children with down syndrome with love. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
“She represents a step toward creating a world where you can have Down syndrome and still dream big. Where you can have Down syndrome and still be seen as beautiful and worthy.” Ashley Asti
Let us make more and more people aware of the down syndrome so that more and more people with this syndrome can be benefitted. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
Down syndrome helps you to see the world from a different angle. It is not a problem, it is just a challenge that you need to face. Best wishes on World Down Syndrome Day.
People suffering from Down syndrome don’t need pity, they need freedom of expression and support. Give your shoulder to them and help them. Best wishes on World Down Syndrome Day.
Let’s stop ‘tolerating’ or ‘accepting’ difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different. – Kate Bornstein
We need to remember on World Down Syndrome Day that having Down syndrome is like being born normal. We are all alike and different in our own way and we should respect that. Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
“Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life.” Chris Burke
“Having Down syndrome means nothing to me, I’m special like everyone else. I do not let people judge me for having Down syndrome. The important thing is how I feel about myself. On the inside, I feel beautiful.” Edward Barbanell