Down Syndrome Ireland is calling on people to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2023

Padraig Conlon 13 Mar 2023
Sown Syndrome Ireland members Nathan Brannigan & Niamh Gory promoting World Syndrome Day.

Down Syndrome Ireland is calling on the public to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 and to work “With Us Not For Us” to improve the lives of everyone with Down syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Each year, Down Syndrome International develops a theme for WDSD, which reflects a global campaign in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Conn Brennan (4) pictured for Down Syndrome Ireland’s World Down Syndrome Day celebrations

This year’s theme is With Us, Not For Us, and is focused on a human rights-based approach to disability – the right to be treated fairly, to have the same opportunities as everyone else, and to make one’s own choices.

Louise Ryan (9) supporting Down Syndrome Ireland’s Lots of Socks campaign for World Down Syndrome Day

On Tuesday 21st March, Down Syndrome Ireland is asking people to raise awareness by joining in with our ‘Lots of Socks’ Campaign by wearing colourful, eye-catching and/or mismatched fun socks.

Share photos across social media using #LotsOfSocks4DSI and #WorldDownSyndromeDay and donate what you can.

There will be lots of other?events happening around the country across our?25 branches, creating their own unique events to celebrate and raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day.

Barry Sheridan, CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland, says:?“Down Syndrome?Ireland is the voice of people with Down syndrome and their families throughout the country.

“We provide a huge range of services to our members, which have enhanced and improved the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome for over fifty years.

“We rely on the generosity of the public to keep these services going; less than a quarter of our funding comes from the state, so donations are absolutely vital.

“With the support of the public, people with Down syndrome have made enormous strides in Ireland.

“While it is a day for celebration, it would be remiss of us to overlook the barriers and obstacles affecting our members every day, including access to essential therapies, resourcing in schools to meet the educational needs of children with Down syndrome, and the challenges in the Network Disability Teams system.

“We are calling for a human rights-based approach to allow people with Down syndrome to lead independent lives.

“Every person with Down syndrome in Ireland is on a journey, just as Down Syndrome Ireland has been on a journey over the past 52 years.

“We’re asking the people of Ireland to take that journey with us – to continue the support and understanding they’ve shown to us and our members down through the decades.

“We’ve already come an incredibly long way together, let’s go the extra mile”.


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