#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 www.t4321.org.au
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 www.downsyndrome.org.au 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.
Other media from the day
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.
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…
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