World Down Syndrome Day message from Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers:
Today, 21 March 2012, World Down Syndrome Day will be officially observed by the United Nations for the very first time. On its 7th anniversary, World Down Syndrome Day will see people across the world celebrating the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome. This day is great opportunity to both celebrate and to recognise the importance of inclusion and diversity and how positively these values impact on our workplace, home life and our communities.
The Australian Parliament will also recognise World Down Syndrome Day with Justine Elliott MP speaking in the House of Representatives and Senator Sue Boyce (parent from Qld, ex - Vic) speaking in the Senate. Please find attached the media release from Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities & Carers, acknowledging the contribution of people with Down syndrome.
In Australia this important day is recognised by many through hosting a morning or afternoon tea (T4321) in their homes, workplaces and communities, raising awareness and funds for Down syndrome. Hosting, attending or supporting a T4321 event is something we can all do to help create healthier, more inclusive communities.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
- In New York the first ever UN Conference on Down Syndrome will start at 10.00 am NY time.
- On Monday, Dave Hingsburger, in Canada wrote about a serendipitous meeting, I saw someone today, a post that is just right for this day.
- Here is the link again to the Down Syndrome International video for WDSD 2012: I want to learn.
- The World Down Syndrome Day website has news about celebrations all over the world.