Trinidad and Tobago: If you see some people wearing funny coloured socks or bright smiles as they share information, pamphlets at the malls of Trinidad and Tobago is basically demonstrating World Down Syndrome Day.
Members of UNC in Trinidad and Tobago have an active association that has been working for years to bring awareness of the syndrome to the broader community, shared Down Syndrome’s awareness by wearing funny coloured socks.
MP Davendranath Tancoo stated from educational seminars and workshops to lobbying for the rights of those with Down Syndrome to have access to educational facilities and employment opportunities, and the Down Syndrome Family Network provides the support and information needed to live a productive life with the syndrome.
“If you know someone who requires Down Syndrome’s information, please pass it on to them as every little bit of support helps; we in Oropouche West are in full support of our fellow citizens who have been living with Down Syndrome yet choosing to strive despite their challenges,” MP Davendranath Tancoo added.
What is World Down Syndrome Day?
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is an international awareness day that the United Nations have officially observed since 2012.
The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome.
“Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally befalling chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human situation, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines in around 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable contrast worldwide. Down syndrome usually generates varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and affiliated medical issues.
Along with MP Davendranath Tancoo and MP Arnold Ram, other member shared information about World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).