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EDI Awareness: Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is marked on 21 of March every year, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the condition, promote inclusion and acceptance, and celebrate the lives of people who have Down’s Syndrome.

We wanted to share a few ways to get involved in this year’s celebration and help raise awareness:

Learn about Down Syndrome

One of the best ways to get ready for World Down Syndrome Day is to learn more about the condition. You can read books, watch videos, or attend events that focus on Down Syndrome. This will help you gain a better understanding of what it means to have Down’s Syndrome, the challenges that individuals with the condition face, and the strengths and talents that they bring to the world.

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Plan your activities 

There are many ways to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, from hosting a fundraiser to attending a march or rally. You can wear funky socks on the 21st and take part in #lotsofsocks which was set up to symbolise the uniqueness of every chromosome – each one valuable and one-of-a-kind!  Take photos of your socks and post them on your social media channels to help raise awareness.

Connect with others 

World Down Syndrome Day is a global event, and there are likely many other colleagues and customers that are planning to celebrate as well. You can reach out to these groups and connect with others who are passionate about promoting inclusion and acceptance.

Share your story

If you have a personal connection to Down’s syndrome, consider sharing your story with others. This can help raise awareness about the condition, dispel myths and misconceptions. You can share your story in the comments below, on social media, through Yammer or with the IDEAL Network and EDI team.

Get involved 

There are many organisations and advocacy groups that work to promote the rights and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome. Getting involved with one of these groups is a great way to show your support, make a difference, and connect with others who share your passion for the cause. If you work in a primary school you can take part in the #DSUKSunflowerChallenge, a lovely way to teach children that we all grow and bloom in different ways and at our own pace.


Finally, don’t forget to celebrate! Down Syndrome Day is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of people who have Down Syndrome, and to promote acceptance and inclusion. Whether you simply wear crazy, odd socks, or take the time to celebrate and show your support for people who have Down Syndrome, raising awareness is always needed.