Saturday 21 March 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and last week was National Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week in the UK. The goal was to raise awareness and end the stigma and the prejudice that surrounds Down’s Syndrome. Each year the voices of people with Down Syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grow louder.
People with Down Syndrome face many challenges as children and adults which may prevent them enjoying their basic human rights. Many people often fail to understand that people with Down Syndrome are people first, who may require additional support, but should be recognised by society on an equal basis with others, without discrimination on the basis of disability. ubu campaign’s tirelessly on behalf of all the people we serve to ensure they have the same rights and opportunites as everyone else to lead a normal, fulfilled life.
The theme of this year's Awareness Week was Get Active and Get Involved. ubu encourages and supports people with Down Syndrome to actively pursue outdoor hobbies, leisure, sport, and community involvement that benefits their overall health and wellbeing. The people we serve have responded, taking on amazing exercise challenges this year: participating in weekly Park Runs, collectively walking 1700+km in their Home to Rome campaign, competing in Race For Life 10k runs, and creating a mulitsport group for people with learning disabilites in Leeds.
Not only are these people taking positve action to improve their fitness and overall wellbeing, they are connecting within their communities and smashing any misconceptions of "disability." ubu continues to support and applaud their example.
For more information on Downs Syndrome, you can visit the website here:http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/