World Down Syndrome Day 2016 is observed on 21st March and theme is "My Friends, My Community" - The benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults.
World Down Syndrome Day 2015 is observed on 21st March and theme is "My Opportunities, My Choices’ – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families"
Recognizing the needs of persons affected by this condition, the United Nations has officially recognized 21 of March as World’s Down Syndrome day. The day has been observed from 2012 onwards. The day aims at recognizing the efforts of person affected by the condition, their immediate family, particularly parents and guardians as well as other caregivers. The day is a tribute to their collective efforts. An understanding about origin of the day will help the community to participate and appreciate in these efforts as well as importance of the day.
Down’s Syndrome is caused by genetic defects that cause physical and mental changes in infants. A short neck and flat face are typical physical traits in persons affected by down’s syndrome. Persons affected by Down’s Syndrome may exhibit mild to moderate intellectual difficulties. A lifelong condition, persons with this condition need support and care to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness creates a negative impact. It also attaches a stigma a person with Down’s Syndrome making it difficult to lead for them to normal life and contribute significantly to society.
The selected date is highly significant and represents 21st chromosome in the human body. 21st March also stands for the number 3 and represents the uniqueness of each chromosome. Understanding importance of the day is the first step in the correct direction. The UN recommends the use of the internet as a vital tool for generating awareness. The involvement of more person would be highly effective in creating awareness about Down’s Syndrome. The activities on this day aim at ensuring participation of people and recognition of the importance of the day.
Although each country can plan events on this day, the United Nations has some suggestions and guidelines on how to celebrate the event. The day is a tribute to the ceaseless actions of caregivers for persons affected with Down’s Syndrome. It also pays tribute to all persons with Down’s Syndrome, as well as all efforts to improve their quality of life. Individual efforts and activities in this direction play a pivotal role in creating awareness about Down’s Syndrome, the role played by persons affected by this condition and their contribution to society.
The activities on this day concentrate on generating awareness and try to help the affected persons with a normal lifestyle rather than isolate them. The various activities on this day showcase the abilities and achievements of persons in this condition. The activities also draw attention to the hard work of caregivers as well as encouraging others to volunteer their time for this useful case. The focus of these activities also demonstrates the freedom of choice and encourages independence particularly in children. Storytelling, crafts, music and dance are all interesting activities that involve children with Down’s Syndrome.
"I never did calligraphy... But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It's part of the syndrome of modernism... It's part of that asceticism."
- Paul Rand
"From a scientific standpoint, Aspergers and autism are one syndrome. Aspergers is part of the autism spectrum, not a separate disorder."
- Temple Grandin
"This gulf war syndrome thing is truly unfortunate, and I've met some of the vets who have this. These are my guys, and I feel terrible about it."
- Norman Schwarzkopf
"I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain."
- Venus Williams
"I'm not a collector. I don't like the toy cupboard syndrome that causes so many good cars to evaporate."
- Rowan Atkinson
"But Gulf War Syndrome is not one cause, not one illness. It is many causes, many illnesses."
- Christopher Shays
"This syndrome, SARS, is now a worldwide health threat... The world needs to work together to find its cause, cure the sick and stop its spread."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
"I do a lot of research on the placebo effect, not just in depression but in irritable bowel syndrome, pain, arthritis of the knee, migraine, asthma."
- Irving Kirsch
"There's never been anything like the so-called Vietnam Syndrome: it's mostly a fabrication."
- Noam Chomsky
"I have two children. I have a Down syndrome child whom I love very much, and my wife that I love."
- Sebastiao Salgado
"I benefit from the Mr. Potato Head syndrome. Put a wig and a nose and glasses on me, and I disappear."
- Phil Hartman
"If I woke up and didn't have Tourette's syndrome, it would feel weird - not better or worse, just different."
- Tim Howard
"Once you have a Down's syndrome child, you can't conform. In a way, you're free."
- Sally Phillips
"Many Republicans have what I call a 'tax-cut syndrome' where they have never seen a tax cut they didn't really like and didn't see a tax increase they didn't hate and do everything they could to block."
- Peter George Peterson
"When I first came to do shows in Vegas, I followed the usual entertainer's syndrome - I played craps and lost."
- Gabe Kaplan
"The name of my condition is Cartilage Hair Syndrome Hypoplasia, but you can just call me Billy."
- Billy Barty
"I have this helicopter crash, and I fall in love with this man who was in the crash with me. I must have been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome."
- Christie Brinkley
"Sometimes I think that novelists suffer from P.C.S.: Perpetual Childhood Syndrome."
- Simon Mawer