In less than 2 weeks, the 11th World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) will be observed on 21 March in many countries around the world. This global awareness day has been officially observed by the United Nations...

...since 2012. This year, Down Syndrome International (DSI) is focusing on: “My Friends, My Community” - The benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults - See more here.

In line with their 20th anniversary celebrations and in light of the 11th World Down Syndrome Day 2016, the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore (DSA) will be holding its first National level seminar on 19th March. The theme for the seminar is "Enabling Families & Enhancing Caregiving together as a Community : Respect, Support and Protection." Some of the highlights for this seminar include distinguished international and local speakers sharing on cutting edge information and best practices on care giving. There will be a National Alliance Forum for adults with intellectual or learning disability where the primary objective aims to develop a consensus statement based on the '''voices'' of what these adults with a disability want for their future in Singapore.

There will also be many exciting programmes lined up including: an infant toddler workshop, clay art, puppet making and flower arrangement workshops for families and beneficiaries attending. The date for WDSD was set on the 21st day of the 3rd month, to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On 19th December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day which has been observed across many countries annually to raise public awareness of Down syndrome and support the inclusion of persons with Down syndrome.

 

 

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