World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day that has been officially marked by the United Nations since 2012.
On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149).
The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
The UN General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to mark the World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to mark the World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to RAISE public awareness of Down syndrome.
On WDSD people with Down syndrome, their families, friends and advocates, work to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how persons with Down syndrome play a vital role in lives and communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us, individuals and organizations, to adapt the ways that we connect and communicate with each other.
CONNECT for World Down Syndrome Day 2021
It has been a huge challenge and many people, particularly those with disabilities, have been left behind.
It is important to find new ways of connecting that are accessible to everyone.
For WDSD 2021 we want to focus on improving connections to ensure that all people with Down syndrome can #CONNECT and participate on an equal basis with others.
Find out how you can get involved in our dedicated WDSD area: