AFRT, the French Association for Research on Trisomie 21, was created in 1990 for supporting research and informing on medical and scientific advances in the field of Down syndrome (trisomie 21). In 2005, AFRT decided to select the date of March 21 (21/3 in Europe and 3/21 in United States) as a symbolic date for the Day of Trisomie 21.
World Down Syndrome Day (also known as WDSD) is a global awareness initiative that has been backed by the United Nations since 2012. It has been spearheaded by Down Syndrome International, which has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome. It also highlights the facts of what it’s like to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome have, and continue to play, a vital role in our communities.
Below, please find some links to ways various organizations around the world celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.
World Down Syndrome Day ~ March 21st Annually
Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association