#World Down Syndrome Day 2014

Friday March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, which has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2012.

On this day, people all around the world will be celebrating the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, creating a global voice, advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome.

The date of 21/3 represents the three copies of chromosome 21 that are unique to people with Down syndrome.

During March, individuals, groups, workplaces and more throughout Australia will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in their community by hosting a T4321 morning or afternoon tea or other event to raise awareness about people with Down syndrome and much needed funds for the local state and territory Down syndrome associations around Australia.

T4321 is an abbreviation of Tea for Trisomy 21 (Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome, refers to the presence of three copies of chromosome 21). So March 21st is a great day for celebrations! People are invited to host a tea at any time throughout the month of March.

For more information about T4321, please visit

The international theme for WDSD 2014 is Health and Wellbeing – Access and Equality for all. Down Syndrome Australia encourages viewing of the Down Syndrome International video event 'let us in - I want access to healthcare' and the Italian 'Dear Future Mom' WDSD campaign. You can also register for free to attend the 2014 WDSD Conference at the United Nations in New York.


For information about Down syndrome in Australia, please visit Follow the links in the top right corner to view the website of your local state or territory association.

Contact, personal story and photo opportunities 

For more information or to arrange a story or photo opportunity either on the day or in the lead up to the event, please contact Down Syndrome Australia CEO, Catherine McAlpine, on 0419 530 524 or your local Down syndrome association.

Download the media release (PDF)

Other media from the day

ABC Radio - What does Down Syndrome Australia want us to know about life with Down syndrome? 

ABC Ramp Up - World Down Syndrome Day: a time to celebrate and listen, by Jackie Softly - Independant Director at Down Syndrome Australia

ABC Radio - World Down Syndrome Day: Louise Lloyd, Executive Officer of Down Syndrome Association of Queensland speaks to Pat Hession on Drive

Senator Sue Boyce speech on World Down Syndrome Day (abridged version of Senator Boyce’s speech from the Adjournment of March 26, 2014) PDF

Media release from Senator Mitch Fifield - Assistant Minister for Social Services

Media release from Jenny Mackiln MP - Shadow Minister for Disability Reform

Canberra Times - ACT Down Syndrome Association loses sponsor

Video - Chromosomes r us - a celebration for World Down Syndrome Day. A short film by actors with Down Syndrome on how Trisomy 21 occurs.

Video - Happy World Down Syndrome Day! People with Down syndrome dance joyfully to Pharrel Williams' uplifting "Happy"

Film review and preview - Indelible is a documentary film that tells the unforgettable stories of seven people with Down syndrome in India. It won the Asia Pacific New Documentary Award for 2014 after screening at DocWeek in Adelaide earlier this month.

Video - e.motion21 on The Today Show (search for World Down Syndrome Day)

The Australian Women's Weekly - ‘Having a son with Down syndrome taught me about love’. 

The Australian Women's Weekly - ‘She taught me how to be a better person’ 

The Australian Women's Weekly - 'We refused to give up our beautiful boy'. 

Special Olympics - Meet Special Olympics Australia athlete Kesiah Glenane 

Book launch - Now I See. A not-for-profit book, in which 50 parents from Australia and New Zealand tell their personal and poignant stories of how they came, not simply to accept, but to embrace and celebrate life with their child with Down syndrome…

The Age Sport - AFL's Kade Simpson, ambassador for Down Syndrome Victoria celebrating World Down Syndrome Day in Melbourne


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