World Down Syndrome Day

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(Last Updated On: March 24, 2014)

Today, 21st March is World Down Syndrome Day. This year marks the 9th anniversary.

On this day, people with Down syndrome, family, friends and carers throughout the world, organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome

The date for WDSD, 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.

We have not been able to find any events/activities locally but would love to hear from you if you organised something to mark World Down Syndrome Day.

You can find out more about World Down Syndrome Day here

What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 in a baby’s cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible. As yet, no one knows what causes the presence of the extra chromosome 21.
Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
There is estimated to be up to 7 million people who have Down syndrome living worldwide and around 750 babies are born with the condition each year in the UK.
For information and support see http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/

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We came across this video and wanted to share it with you all. I think ‘Future Mom’ will feel very reassured!

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