Down Syndrome International
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Join us on 21 March

Advocating for the rights of people with Down syndrome

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


The best way to promote awareness of Down syndrome is for people with Down syndrome to share their own stories in their own words.
If you have a story that you would like to share with the world, please click on the “Share your story” button below.

Farzana with her sister Ferozia

The Bachooa sisters from Mauritius

My name is Farzana Bachooa and I am 42 years old. My parents passed away when I was younger and I have been living with my sister Ferozia for as[…]

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The Campbell family

Shari and her family from the UK

Shari is 14 years old and lives with her mom and dad in London, UK. Shari has Down syndrome, autism, and associated learning difficulties. Shari made overall developmental progress in[…]

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The Goddard family from New Zealand

My daughter, Paige was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 at birth. At first my husband and I were so scared about what the future may hold. But now, almost 2 years[…]

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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…


WDSD is a unique annual opportunity for the global Down syndrome community to connect.

We want you to CONNECT for WDSD 2021.

Light up

Landmarks around the globe light up for World Down Syndrome Day like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dabai.

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.

The #LotsOfSocks campaign

The #LotsOfSocks campaign exists to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed. Get your friends, class mates and colleagues to join in too.

Get the conversation started. We will do the rest!


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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