Monday 21st March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.
People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.
The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.
But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.
Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.
On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.
Call To Action
#MyFriendsMyCommunity – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults
Encouraging persons with Down syndrome to say #MyFriendsMyCommunity, we ask everyone to respond to our call by sharing it and show the world how persons with Down syndrome live and participate in the community alongside family, friends, peers and the public. You can show this simply by sharing details of WDSD activities or by photos, messages, quotes from friends or in any way you choose. Please make sure you use the hash tag #MyFriendsMyCommunity as well as #WDSD16.
For further information please visit www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.