World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year on March 21, the voice of people with Down syndrome and their loved ones grows louder and louder. Below is a list of local awareness opportunities and creative ways you can get involved and show your support.
Dallas & Ft. Worth Lights Up for Down syndrome. Both downtown Dallas and Ft. Worth skylines will be lit in blue and yellow on March 21 in support of Down syndrome awareness and World Down Syndrome Day 2017. Look to the sky and share your pictures with us using the hashtag #DallasWDSD2017
Wear Lots of Socks. Whether short or tall, colored or patterned, the idea is to wear a pair that will grab the attention of others so you can tell them all about WDSD. For every pair of socks purchased through https://my.wehelptwo.com/campaign?id=371, the DSG will receive funds to help support our mission, and one pair of socks will also be donated to someone in need. Rock you socks and share your pictures with us using the hashtag #DallasWDSD2017
Racing for 3.21. NDSS is hosting its inaugural 2017 Racing for 3.21 on March 21. The "virtual" Racing for 3.21 event encourages participants and advocates to move for 3.21 miles on March 21 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and raise awareness for the Down syndrome community. This event is FREE with the option of purchasing race bibs, medals, and t-shirts. Register online at https://www.classy.org/events/racing-for-321-world-down-syndrome-day/e114138.
Present to Your Child's Class or School. Read a book about Down syndrome or schedule a presentation to your child's class or entire school. The Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City has some great resources and fun ideas listed on their website at https://www.kcdsg.org/for_educators.php.
No matter how you choose to spend your day or what you wear, be sure to take the time to tell someone with Down syndrome how much they are loved and valued. Sometimes a simple act or kind word is the best way to celebrate.