Today , Tuesday- March 21, 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness event. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder, but there is still so much more we can do to improve acceptance, friendship, inclusion and respect.
Around the world, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated through a variety of ways from wearing crazy socks or blue & yellow clothing, to celebrating by dancing for 3:21 minutes, painting your nails blue or conducting acts of kindness. How you choose to celebrate this special day is your choice because we are all unique! We encourage you to talk about Down syndrome on social media, discuss benefits of inclusion, help raise awareness in your community and teach others to see the ability.
Since 1993, the Sault Ste. Marie Down Syndrome Society has devoted our energies to providing positive images and inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome within our community. We distribute throughout the community our awareness calendars that highlight our local children along with inspirational quotes with a positive awareness message. The calendars are meant to act as a daily reminder for everyone to see, not the differences, but the sameness of children who are differently-abled. Look for our next calendar in the Fall of 2017.
Celebrate with us as Rick Mercer says “My Canada includes an Extra Chromosome”