World Down Syndrome Day

 

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

Each year, Down Syndrome International (DSi) develops a theme for WDSD which forms the basis of a global campaign in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The theme of this year’s international event is “End the Stereotypes”, and Down Syndrome Ireland is celebrating the achievements of its members in the fields of employment, education, self-advocacy and beyond.

Down Syndrome Ireland is calling for an end to harmful and restrictive stereotypes towards people with Down syndrome.

Each year, Down Syndrome International (DSi) develops a theme for WDSD which forms the basis of a global campaign in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This WDSD, the message that we are asking supporters around the world to share on and around 21 March is “End the Stereotypes”.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated annually on the 21st of March and is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The date for WDSD is set on the 21st day of the 3rd month as a representation of the extra copy of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that people with Down syndrome are born with.

How can you help celebrate WDSD and raise funds? 

 

Lots of Socks

Host a coffee morning at home or in the workplace and invite family, friends or colleagues to join you, in their colourful socks, and make a donation in support of World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday 21st March. Please share your photos across social media using #LotsOfSocks4DSI and let your feet do the talking! Register for Lots of Socks.

 

Lots of Steps

Challenge yourself to walk 21,000 steps this March to support World Down Syndrome Day. Starting on 1st March, you can complete the challenge in 21 days, 3 days or 1 day – you decide! Invite friends, family or colleagues to support your challenge by making a donation to your fundraising page. Register for Lots of Steps.

 

Sharing is caring!

Please share your photos and videos with us at @DownSyndromeIreland on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.  Use the DSI hashtag and the official WDSD hashtags in your social media posts to help spread awareness this World Down Syndrome Day with DSI – #LotsOfSocks4DSI #WorldDownSyndromeDay #DownSyndromeIreland #WDSD2024 #ShareTheJourney.

Please ensure that you respect privacy when sharing photos, especially photos with minors. We advise you to follow your school or groups Data Protection policies prior to sharing on social media.

 

Down Syndrome Ireland Branches 

There will be lots of other events happening around the country across our 25 branches, creating their own unique events to celebrate and raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day. You can follow our branches across social media to keep updated and show your support for the wonderful work being done by our members, families and volunteers.

Get talking! 

We want to get people talking and encourage schools and groups to celebrate in the days leading up to WDSD. Download our Primary School Pupils guide and Post-Primary School Pupil guide for your classroom or community group and let’s get everyone talking to raise awareness and much-needed funds.

Down Syndrome Ireland continues to serve our members and our Member Support Team – who offer advice, support and information for all ages – are on hand to help families with children and adults who have Down syndrome throughout Ireland.

On March 21st, we invite you to get all your friends, family and colleagues involved, let’s get people talking on World Down Syndrome Day. 

 

#WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD2024 #EndTheStereotypes