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World Down Syndrome Day 21-3-21

The 21st March of every year is officially known in the calendar as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

The Theme for World Down Syndrome Day is #CONNECT.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has forced many of us, individuals and organisations, to adapt the way that we connect and communicate with each other. This has caused huge challenges especially for people with disabilities and it is very important to find new ways of connecting everyone in an Inclusive way.



There are two conferences taking place on the 19th March.

Both conferences will be hosted as a virtual event. You can join online from your smart phone or computer.

CONNECT for World Down Syndrome Day 2021

The session will be led by people with Down syndrome and will include contributions from our sponsors.

They will reflect on the need to ensure that people with Down syndrome are not left behind through lack of opportunities to connect and participate in key areas of life.

They will explore the work being done to improve connections now and into the future.

They will empower other people with Down syndrome, their families and advocates to ensure equal rights in this context and to reach out to key stakeholders to bring about positive change.

Virtual participation Ireland:

Down Syndrome Ireland’s annual Purple Run takes place in the Phoenix Park to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Due to the pandemic and ongoing restrictions it has now become a Virtual Purple Run.


For more information about Down Syndrome Day, click here.


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