Down Syndrome International
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Join us on 21 March

Advocating for the rights of people with Down syndrome

Latest News

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

5 months to WDSD

Listen up! 5 months to go!

There are just 5 months to World Down Syndrome Day 2021! 150 sleeps! The Down Syndrome International (DSi) team spent time this morning thinking about how we can encourage our[…]

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Hamish from new Zealand

Hi, my name is Hamish Gilbert. I am 19 years old, and I live in the beautiful Hawkes Bay, down by the awesome river Clive. I decided to leave school[…]

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WeThe15 is sport’s biggest ever human rights movement to end discrimination. Together, we aim to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities who represent 15% of[…]

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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…


Light up

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

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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