Down Syndrome International
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Join us on 21 March

Advocating for the rights of people with Down syndrome

What is WDSD?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.


What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition.

The best people to answer many questions about Down syndrome are people with Down syndrome so over to them…


The #LotsOfSocks campaign

Add some colour to your stockings this Christmas!

Our colourful LotsOfSocks are bound to put a smile on the face of your loved ones.

But that’s not all!

LotsOfSocks help to raise awareness of Down syndrome AND raise funds to support the work of Down syndrome International to improve quality of life for people with Down syndrome all around the world.


Get involved

Every year we encourage people with Down syndrome, families, advocates, professionals and organisations to observe WDSD with your own activities. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Latest News

All the latest news about WDSD along with stories from people with Down syndrome in their own words.

Yura from Russia

Yura from Russia

I met Yura a year ago. We immediately became friends. Who could not when you see a sincere open smile of a good man. Yure 50 years old. He has[…]

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Angela from Malta

Angela from Malta

Angela is one of 5 young people to receive the Arts Council Malta Artivisti award for activism in the arts, with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ (Malta’s national youth agency). Angela will receive mentorship[…]

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Sheri from South Africa

Sheri from South Africa

In 2022 I would again like to live a full life, by working full time in the Lettie Fouche School as an assistant teacher and also as a part-time co-presenter[…]

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Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March.


Contact us


7-9 Chapel Street, Exmouth, Devon,
EX8 1HR, United Kingdom


+44 (0)1395 493108

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