March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day!
Did you know that 3/21 was named World Down Syndrome Day in recognition of the fact that Down syndrome occurs when a person has a triplicate of chromosome 21? The day was declared in 2012 by then Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, who said: “On this day, let us reaffirm that persons with Down syndrome are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all.”
Today, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world are participating in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
In celebration of this day, Community Living NB sends a shout out to all New Brunswick early learning and child care centres, school, colleges, universities, employers and other organizations and offices who #seetheability and include children, youth and adults who have Down syndrome in everything they do.