Down’s Syndrome Awareness week takes place on 15th-21st March 2021 and ends with World Down’s Syndrome Day on Sunday 21st March.
What is World Down’s Syndrome Day? Watch this video below to find out more:
Here are some things you can do to mark the day:
- Wear mismatching socks – every year on Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day people wear brightly coloured socks to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome. All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed – they might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colourful socks, whatever takes your fancy! If someone asks you about your socks you can tell them, “I’m wearing them to raise awareness of Down syndrome”. You can also buy official Lots of Socks here: https://lotsofsocks.worlddownsyndromeday.org/collections/lotsofsocks-socks. Don’t forget to post pictures on social media using the hashtags #LotsofSocks #WDSD2021 How can you help? By wearing #LotsOfSocks!
- Read some real life stories here https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/about/your-stories/
- Look up the hashtag #21thingstoknow to learn more about Down’s Syndrome
- Watch this video on ‘Things People with Down’s Syndrome Are Tired of Hearing’ to dispel myths and stereotypes https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/clip/92a3cfc5-7078-4c21-b7e5-cb3b23b41ab7
- For schools and businesses, there are some useful resources and packs on this website to promote inclusion in schools and the workplace https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/resources
- Check out Lucinda and her mum using Makaton signs together – they have Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook pages that you can follow. Their name is @makatonlucinda
Some useful links and resources for more information about Down’s Syndrome: