21st of March – World Down Syndrome Day


World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on 21 March. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them 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 – 21.03. – was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. The original idea was proposed by members of the European Down Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International. The day is observed since 2006 in many countries around the world.

On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day and underlined the importance of enabling children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others and that they are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The observance of the World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner is important in order to raise the public awareness of Down syndrome.

Bulgarian organization of voluntary blood donation expresses its commitment to people with Down syndrome and calls everyone to be tolerant of them, so they can live their fulfilled life!

You can find more information about Down syndrome on the websites of Down Syndrome International and the Bulgarian Association of Parents and Children with Down Syndrome.

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