21 March is World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day that encourages people from all the world to come together to help raise public awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
The theme for 2019 is Leave No One Behind and it is a pledge to overcome the prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion that puts people with Down syndrome at a disadvantage. It is our hope and that of the greater community that there is greater awareness and understanding about Down syndrome and persons with Down syndrome.
People with Down syndrome are not victims and are not suffering or afflicted in any way and with early intervention, proper care and good support, they go on to lead increasing independent lives; having jobs, their own homes, relationships and so on. The play a vital role in our lives and communities and are in no way a burden on society.
As part of the day, we would like to encourage you to show your support by wearing your most brightly coloured and unique socks as a conversation piece to help increase awareness about Down Syndrome and to tell the world to “leave no one behind”.
Post a photo of your colourful socks on your social media channels with the hashtags #WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD19 #LeaveNoOneBehind #SGWDSD and the following information:
“March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. Come join me in a global cause to raise awareness for the international Down Syndrome community by wearing your most brightly coloured and unique socks as a conversation starter on how unique and amazing persons with Down syndrome are.”
View The Sock Project series feature with our friends from MINDS
(Featured photo by The Hearts Collective)