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World Down Syndrome Day 2014

25th April 2014

Last month on the 21st of March we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). 

World Down Syndrome Day is a globally recognised awareness day which began in 2006 and was later declared by the United Nations in 2011. 

The date (the 21st day of the 3rd month) was chosen to relate to the the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

On World Down Syndrome Day, people with Down syndrome, their friends and family, and those who enable them throughout the world organise and participate in events to raise awareness for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome.

2014 has been a particularly successful year for World Down Syndrome Day with many efforts to raise awareness going 'viral' as many people share their videos and pictures with others. 

A particular favourite of ours can be seen in the top right of this window; a special rendition of Pharrell's hit song 'Happy', it is bound to get you dancing along! 

To see more World Down Syndrome Day videos dive deeper.


As well as the hundreds of videos made and posted for World Down Syndrome Day 2014, a t-shirt and photograph campaign helped to get people talking about the awareness day and the syndrome itself, taking over Instagram and Facebook streams on mass. 

Demonstrated in the image (top right) the campaign "Keep Calm it's only an extra Chromosome" simply explained the condition in a catchy message. Money raised from the t-shirts all went to registered charity: Down's Syndrome Association.  


Another touching video named 'Dear Future Mom', has also clocked up millions of views around the world. This video, which can be seen in the top right of this window, deals with the subject of an expectant mother who has found out that her baby has Down syndrome.

She asks what sort of a life her child will have? This video is a reassuring message to her from young people around the world who have the condition.

The message is simply: "Dear future mum, your child can be happy. Just like I am. And you'll be happy too."

In it, young adults who have the condition explain all the ways her child will enjoy a full and fulfilling life, as they do.

Every year, Down syndrome organisations across the world join together to focus on one aspect of living with Down syndrome. This year the focus is 'health and wellbeing – access and equality for all.'

Swim on to hear more about World Down Syndrome Day.

World Down Syndrome Day 2014

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