World Downs Syndrome Day 2017

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Chatterbox would like to wish everyone a very happy World Downs Syndrome day 2017!

What is World Downs Syndrome Day?

taken from Wikipedia:

WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world and Down Syndrome Association Singapore launched and hosted the World Down Syndrome Day website from 2006-2010, on behalf of Down Syndrome International, for global activities to be recorded.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on 21 March 2012 “On this day, let us reaffirm that persons with Down syndrome are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all.”[4]

Since 2011, Down Syndrome International (DSi) has co-ordinated the World Down Syndrome Day website and the WDSD Global Video Event “Let Us In!” (see 2013 Event “Let Us In – I Want to Work!”). In 2012, DSi organized the first WDSD Conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA on 21 March which was sponsored by the Brazilian Mission and Polish Mission to the United Nations, UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UNICEF. In 2013, DSi organized the second WDSD Conference (called “Right To Work”), held again at the United Nations Headquarters on 21 March, and sponsored by the Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Japan and Poland to the United Nations, UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UNICEF. DSi also announces the World Down Syndrome Day Awards every year on 21 March and co-ordinated the WDSD Lots of Socks campaign in 2013.

Spread the message, raise awareness and celebrate that extra chromosome!!

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