Theme, why is it celebrated on March 21? Down Syndrome Facts

World Down Syndrome Day, also known as WDSD, is celebrated annually on March 21 around the world. The day was created to promote awareness of the basic rights of people with Down syndrome.

The United Nations first commemorated the day in 2012. The date of March 21 was chosen to mark this day because it represents the unique nature of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day 2022: theme

“We Decide” was chosen as the theme for the day this year. It is inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and will emphasize the right to participate of people living with Down syndrome.

The concept behind this theme is to show that it is enough for one human being to connect to another and it is this connection that saves lives in the worst circumstances. People and businesses have been badly affected since the coronavirus pandemic rocked the planet. However, in these trying times, we all need to remember to take care of people with Down syndrome and make sure they are not left alone.

Down Syndrome Facts

Down syndrome is named after the English doctor, John Langdon Down, who was the first to categorize the common characteristics of people with the disease.

People with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome

Women who have had a child with Down syndrome are more likely to have another child with the disease

Each year, approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States.

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder in the United States

The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother.

There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (non-disjunction) represents 95% of cases, translocation represents approximately 4% and mosaicism approximately 1%.

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