World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated each year on March 21st. In 2006, the 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.
We encourage you to celebrate by doing one of the following. These are just a few ideas and we can help. If you commit to do one or more of the following, we’ll get more information and resources to you to assist. We’d love to know what you’re doing and we’ll have an area for you to share your ideas and successes with the rest of our community. Thank you and good luck!
JUST LIKE YOU — DOWN SYNDROME – explores the life, hopes, challenges and dreams of three kids living with Down syndrome. Elyssa, Rachel and Sam share personal stories to help viewers better understand their condition and why they wish to be treated just like you. Each of our stars has their own talents, characteristics, strengths and challenges. Down syndrome is just one part of who they are and this film identifies how to handle and accommodate differences while celebrating the many similarities our friends with Down syndrome have with their peers.
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World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated globally on 3/21 each year as people with Down syndrome have a third copy of their 21st chromosome. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. Down Syndrome Innovations encourages our members to commemorate this day by doing random acts of kindness and helping to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Download Random Acts of Kindness cards here and a list of suggested acts you can perform below:
People First Language (PFL) is a way of communicating that reflects knowledge and respect for people with disabilities by choosing words that recognize the person first and foremost as the primary reference and not his or her disability. The phrase “mental retardation” is offensive and outdated. The terms “developmental disability,” “cognitive disability,” or “intellectual disability” may be substituted as more respectful options.
Learn more here and download a helpful PFL Guide here.
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As language, perceptions and social mores change rapidly, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists and other communicators to figure out how to refer to people with disabilities. Even the term “disability” is not universally accepted. This style guide, which covers dozens of words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, can help. The guide was developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and was last updated in the summer of 2021.