World Down Syndrome Day 2018 Theme "What I bring to my community"
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world when given the opportunity. But many are prevented from making meaningful contributions.
On World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday 21 March 2018, we are hosting a panel of young adults with Down syndrome who will share "what I bring to my community" at our first "3/21 Over 21 Party." The evening will include appetizers, beer and wine and the cost is $50 per person.
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WDSD is a day to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. It is a day to:
- Show others that people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport;
- Explain how negative attitudes and a lack of knowledge about their potential as individuals prevent people with Down syndrome from having opportunities to make contributions;
- Empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for their rights and opportunities to make meaningful contributions and
- Reach out to key stakeholders including educators, employers, public authorities, media and the wider community to ensure they see the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome to make meaningful contributions and encourage these stakeholders to bring about change.
How will you celebrate World Down Syndrome Day?