The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, the Family, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Housing and Informal Settlements is pleased to be associated with the celebration and commemoration of World Down Syndrome Day 2021.
The World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on March 21 every year. The day is commemorated to raise awareness about Down syndrome, and was first officially observed by the United Nations in 2012.
The date March 21 was chosen to observe the day as it signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On this day, people across the globe organize events and campaigns to make more and more people aware about the condition. One of the most popular campaigns of the day is “#LotsOfSocks”, or as in the case of Caribbean Countries – “Rock Your Socks”.
This year, the theme of the day is “We CONNECT so that we can” and the social media campaign is #CONNECT by the United Nations. The idea behind this theme is to demonstrate that it only takes a human being to connect with another. It is therefore this connection between people that helps in the worst situations.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, people and businesses have been terribly affected, but in these trying times what all of us must remember is to take care of those suffering from Down syndrome and to ensure that they are not left alone.
This year the Ministry is partnering with the Centre for Persons With Disabilities to promote awareness to the general public on “Rock Your Socks” and other initiatives led by the Centre today. Though the International Day was observed yesterday Sunday March 21st, the Ministry has adopted the stance of the Centre for Persons With Disabilities to celebrate the event today Monday 22nd 2021, in an effort to increase participation by Persons With Down Syndrome and their Caretakers or Staff.
The Ministry hopes that with this awareness, people would become more educated and conscious of the need to connect with persons and caretakers of persons with Down Syndrome. So, today l employ all to let us “ROCK YOUR SOCKS” in support of World Down Syndrome Day.