World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st is a day of celebration and awareness! World Down Syndrome Day (or WDSD) has been around since 2012 and is spearheaded by Down Syndrome International. Its purpose is to educate the world on Down Syndrome and how individuals with Down Syndrome need to be valued and appreciated in their communities. Down Syndrome International has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and highlight facts of what it is like to have Down Syndrome. The date for WDSD, 3/21, is significant because it symbolizes the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which is Down Syndrome.
Ways to get involved and help raise awareness:
- Rock Your Socks Campaign:
- Wear your favorite crazy socks and get noticed! Get your family, friends, classmates, and colleagues to join in with you on the fun and to show support. Make sure to tag #LotsOfSocks on social media to show off your wild and crazy pair.
- Color it Blue and Yellow:
- The colors for Down Syndrome awareness are blue and yellow. Wearing blue and/or yellow clothing or lighting something up with blue and yellow colors helps bring awareness to the cause. Other ideas include painting your nails blue and yellow, putting blue and yellow candles in your windows, or changing out your outdoor lightbulbs for blue and yellow ones to light up your house. Whatever you decide, be creative and have fun!
- Organize or Participate in an Event:
- Take the initiative and organize your own event that will help raise money and awareness! Plan a bike ride or walk, host a bake sale or raffle, or any other fun event that will help benefit those with Down Syndrome.
By participating and becoming involved in World Down Syndrome Day you are helping educate the public on what Down Syndrome is, encouraging those with Down Syndrome to participate in daily activities, promoting the vital role those with Down Syndrome play in their communities, and dispelling stereotypes. Fundraising and donations support advocacy, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome.