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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

WRDSS encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise 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.

Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Why March 21?

World Down Syndrome Day is annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having a third copy of the 21st chromosome.

How Can You Celebrate?

  • Wear silly mix matched socks to school or work and when people ask why, tell them you are celebrating World Down Syndrome Day.
  • Attend the WRDSS World Down Day Celebration on March 21.  For details click on EVENT REGISTRATION above.
  • Plan a fundraiser at school, work or with friends and donate the funds to your local Down Syndrome Organization.  In Waterloo Region, WRDSS can be reached via www.wrdss.ca.
  • Ask a self-advocate role model in your community to speak to your community group or class.
  • Our CDSS VATTA members are located in different places throughout the country (Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia). If you’re interested in having a VATTA member speak at your event, contact info@cdss.ca
  • Set up a display or information booth! Do this at your local mall, school or library.
  • Talk to local newspapers