World Down Syndrome Day 2024

Every year, March 21st is a global awareness day for Down Syndrome which has been officially observed since 2012 by the United Nations

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes a range of physical and intellectual challenges. Common medical issues associated with Down syndrome include heart defects, hearing problems, and thyroid conditions. While there is no cure for Down syndrome, early intervention, supportive therapies, and inclusive education can greatly enhance the quality of life for individuals with this condition. Down Syndrome will affect around 1 in every 700 babies born.

End the Stereotypes

This years theme is End the Stereotypes. A stereotype is a set idea people about a person or what something is, this can be positive or negative. Stereotypes can be harmful and can stop people being treated with the respect others receive when they are negative. Stereotypes are often based on limited information or personal experience on a subject. They can be difficult to change once established but by learning more about a subject you can help end the stereotypes.

Lots Of Socks Campaign

Socks get people talking! On March 21st you need to wear your some socks to get you noticed – be them odd socks, crazy socks or the most colourful pair you can find, make sure you wear them to get people talking! The idea is to get people to ask about your socks and you can tell them you’re wearing them to raise awareness about Down Syndrome.

Learn More

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