(Information adapted from the United Nations World Down Syndrome Day website).
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on 21 March every year, because being a person with Down syndrome means that your 21st chromosome is different. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world, organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.
All people with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.
Negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination, and exclusion, are all factors that contribute to getting left out and being left behind.
We ask that you join us in a firm commitment that people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities have the right to the support they need to enjoy homes of their own, employment, and relationships with people and places throughout the community.
Meet some leading citizens with Down syndrome from right here in the Ottawa community. This is just a quick glimpse into a small part of their busy lives – LiveWorkPlay is honoured to be a part of it all! (Click the photos to learn more).