Tuesday, March 20, 2012

World Down Syndrome Day - 21 March

Tomorrow, 21 March, is the seventh anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time, it will also be observed by the United Nations. This date (21/3) marks the three copies of Chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down Syndrome.

Activities and events held on World Down Syndrome Day can have a tremendous impact, showcasing the abilities, talents and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. I encourage you all to tell the World what you are doing to celebrate this important day.”

Liam Neeson OBE
Oscar nominated actor
Patron – Down Syndrome International
Otherwise known as my favourite Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn!!!

Plan Your Day and you can do a little bit too, to help raise awareness. Even just by telling someone about this day, is something already.

Watch the video and see the sweet smiles from all over the world. Hey, there's Kyle from Singapore - he used to be Nadine's classmate!

Nadine will be six years old in July. She's at her final year at Rainbow Centre. Today the Education Minister announced more mainstream integration programs for all 20 special education schools. Integration and inclusion is always such welcome news. Kids with special needs often improve a lot by interacting with regular kids, and regular kids can learn more about diversity, kindness and acceptance. And there is such joy generated by both. I see it every day.


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