World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day was first celebrated in 2006 across the globe on March 21st. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared the date as World Down Syndrome Day, encouraging all parties to recognize and raise awareness. Down Syndrome International encourages those interested to raise awareness about Down Syndrome, and there are many ways that are popular.
Lots of Socks is a program through World Down Syndrome Day used to raise funds and awareness by wearing unusual, colorful, or even mismatched socks. Socks can be purchased on their website that have the official Lots of Socks logo, but participation in awareness can be as simple as sporting your own interesting and fun socks to get people talking. We invite each of our employees and members to wear their most creative socks on March 21 and look for our Facebook post to add your own pictures!
Locally, Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, is having a party to celebrate the diversity of Down Syndrome. Visit their website for more details on this year’s celebration (https//gigisplayhouse.org/desmoines/des-moines-calendar/2019-03/).