World Down Syndrome Day: Seeing The Person Not The Condition

Seàn-Patrick Lovett

Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It occurs when someone possesses a third copy of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two.

We decide
The United Nations designated 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day in 2011. This year’s theme is “We Decide”.

Initiatives around the world on this day are highlighting the effective and meaningful participation of persons with Down syndrome in both community and professional life. The aim of the event is to empower persons with Down syndrome, and those supporting them, encouraging greater inclusion, and overturning stereotypes.

We define
One of those stereotypes is referring to Down syndrome as a “disease”, rather than a condition. Persons with the syndrome are the first to remind you they are not defined by their condition: they are simply “a person who has Down syndrome”, a unique individual with extraordinary gifts and talents who wishes to be acknowledged as such.

We dream

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