By Sara Middlebrook
Grab a pen and mark 3/21 — the date signifying the triplication of chromosome 21 — on your calendar as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). WDSD began in 2006 as an effort by Down Syndrome International to earmark a day when those throughout the world who have a connection to Down syndrome could organize and participate in events to raise public awareness, understanding and acceptance of those with Down syndrome.
How You Can Celebrate WDSD:
- Post a message on your Facebook, blog and/or Twitter pages to raise awareness and share with others your reason for celebrating 3/21.
- Ask your employer to authorize a Dress Down for Down Syndrome Day to help raise awareness. Information, posters and stickers are available through the DSAWM.
- Ask your place of worship to post information on Down syndrome and World Down Syndrome Day in the weekly bulletin or their March newsletter.
- Talk to your child’s classroom about Down syndrome, using information from the Simple Answers to Kids’ (not so simple) Questions about Down Syndrome or How Do I Talk About Down Syndrome? brochures.
Tell us how you plan to celebrate WDSD so we can inspire others to be involved! To share your ideas, or to receive Dress Down Day information or World Down Syndrome Day buttons, contact the DSAWM at 616-956-3488 or email@example.com.