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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

International World Down Syndrome Day as a United Nations Observance Day

Down Syndrome International has launched an "International Petition for the Adoption of World Down Syndrome Day as a United Nations Observance Day from 21 March 2012":

Since 2006, Down Syndrome International (DSi) has coordinated an annual observance known as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), held on 21 March (21/3) to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of chromosome 21 which causes the genetic condition Down syndrome.
The aim of this day is to raise awareness and understanding of a condition which affects approximately 1 in 800 births worldwide, and to promote the inherent rights of persons with Down syndrome to enjoy full and dignified lives and be active participants in their communities and society. Activities and events which take place on this day typically showcase the abilities and accomplishments of persons with Down syndrome and encourage independence, self-advocacy and freedom for persons with Down syndrome to make their own choices.

WDSD is observed by persons with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them in over 60 countries around the world in a variety of different ways, but with a common purpose, and the website provides an international forum for sharing experiences. Further information on WDSD is available on the DSi website here.

A draft resolution will be presented to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in October 2011, proposing that WDSD become a United Nations Observance Day with effect from 2012. If successful, this will greatly assist to raise the international profile of WDSD and awareness of the condition.

We request that you CLICK HERE  before 16th October to sign the petition, which we will then send to the United Nations so that its Member States are made aware of the global public support for this important initiative.

For further information please contact Andrew Boys at DSi.

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