What is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)
March 21st is a global day of celebration and awareness that has been observed by the United Nations since 2012. It’s purpose is to educate the world on what Down syndrome is and how individuals with Down syndrome need to be valued in their communities. The date for WDSD symbolizes the 21st day of the 3rd month, which was selected to signify the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which is Down syndrome.
About Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic variations and occurs in approximately one in every 700 live births in the United States. It is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement, being present across racial, gender or socioeconomic lines. According to the CDC, there are three types of Down syndrome: Trisomy 21, Translocation Down syndrome, and Mosaic Down syndrome.
WDSD is a great opportunity to spread awareness! Each year, in our little corner of the world, STARability is proud to celebrate our SWFL community and to do our part to spread awareness, acceptance and inclusion. Celebrate by creating your own 21 Challenge!
This March 21, take on a 21 Challenge to raise awareness and support programming for our STARs with Down syndrome. Whatever your challenge, just weave in the number 21 to celebrate STARability participants with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome. Here are some ideas:
21 Jumping Jacks
21 Push Ups
Plank for 21 Seconds
Walk for 21 Minutes
Run 21 Miles