Get ready for World Down Syndrome Day!

Supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families is an important part of the mission of the Center for Disability Services and its division, the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center. This Thursday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day — a day of global awareness about Down syndrome. This day helps individuals and communities learn more about Down syndrome.

Why March 21?

What is special about March 21st? “3/21” was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Created by the United Nations, the first World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated on March 21, 2012.

At the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services, we’re encouraging a special activity that adds a touch of light to the world. We can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the vibrant life of those with Down syndrome.

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Choose an act of kindness...

Honor and celebrate individuals living with Down syndrome, and spread some love and kindness at the same time! On March 21, choose a random act of kindness to help brighten the day. The kind act can be anything, but here are some suggestions:

  • Do odd jobs for an elderly person
  • Leave a bag of microwave popcorn on your local Redbox machine
  • Prepare a meal for a homeless person or neighbor in need
  • Donate a bag of food to the local food bank
  • Write a letter of appreciation for someone
  • Tape an envelope of change to a vending machine
  • Prepare small gift bags for teachers

Also, you can show your support for World Down Syndrome Day by wearing blue and yellow, the colors associated with Down syndrome awareness.

Stay tuned to the Center’s Facebook page for more information about World Down Syndrome Day later this week. In the meantime, start thinking about what small act you can do to bring more kindness to the world!