World Down Syndrome Day

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World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition.

This years campaign: With Us Not For Us

The message of With Us Not For Us is key to a human rights-based approach to disability.

DSi is committed to moving on from the outdated charity model of disability, where people with disability were treated as objects of charity, deserving of pity and relying on others for support.

With us not for us

A human rights-based approach views people with disabilities as having the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, working With others to improve their lives.

You can join in creating awareness today by joining in with the #LotsOfSocks

Just by putting some colour on your feet! Get some bright, odd socks on and tell everyone why you’re wearing them! All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed – they might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colourful socks, whatever takes your fancy!

Get your friends, class mates and colleagues to join in too! If you’re at home you can connect online via social media. 

Get noticed and start a conversation about #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

It couldn’t be easier!

Believe it or not, socks help us to get people talking on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), celebrated each year on 21 March.