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World Down Syndrome Day 2024 advocates ‘End the Stereotype’

by Maryam Olaniyi
Down Syndrome

Today marks World Down Syndrome Day, a significant occasion aimed at raising awareness and supporting individuals living with Down syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a globally recognised awareness day, officially designated by the United Nations in 2012.

It falls on March 21 each year, a date chosen to symbolise the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which is responsible for Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is characterized by the presence of an extra chromosome, which affects the body’s growth and cognitive development, leading to various physical and cognitive challenges.

Global statistics indicate that Down syndrome affects between 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,100 live births, impacting around 3,000 to 5,000 infants worldwide annually.

This year’s World Down Syndrome Day with the theme End The Stereotypes, emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and eliminating discrimination against individuals with Down syndrome across all spheres of life.

World Down Syndrome Day serves as a platform to foster understanding, acceptance, and recognition of the achievements of individuals with Down syndrome, who often face societal prejudices and barriers to inclusion.

Taking care of individuals with Down syndrome involves addressing their unique needs, providing support, and fostering their development and independence.

According to the World Health Organisation, people with Down syndrome are unique individuals with their own personalities, talents, and strengths.

It’s essential to recognise and celebrate the diversity within the Down syndrome community and to foster a culture of acceptance, respect, and inclusion for all individuals, regardless of ability.

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