International World Down Syndrome Day takes place today, March 21st, 2023, to raise awareness for people and organisations worldwide to be ‘With Us, Not for Us’, which is key to a human rights-based approach to disability. It’s estimated that between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 1,100 live births worldwide are born with Down syndrome. It exists in all regions globally with variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics, and health.
International Down Syndrome day is a day to raise public awareness of Down syndrome and to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome by meeting their healthcare needs. This facilitates participation in mainstream society and the fulfilment of their potential as those with Down Syndrome often have poor or controlling support, where their supports do things for them, not with them.
If you’re wondering how to support International Down Syndrome Day, you can participate in the #LotsofSocks campaign. By wearing brightly coloured socks, long socks, or any socks you usually wouldn’t wear, to show your support!