World Down Syndrome Day 2018


All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world, when given the opportunity. 

But many are prevented from making meaningful contributions.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday 21 March 2018, we call upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world what you bring to your community.


This year's international video campaign "Lea Goes to School" for World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD18 produced by Italy's CoorDown together with associations from Australia and around the world and under the patronage of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.The message of the campaign is in promotion of the fundamental human right to inclusive education and full participation in the community.

Inclusive education is backed by over 40 years of research evidence that overwhelmingly establishes better academic and social outcomes in general education school classrooms compared to separate “special” classrooms.   

It’s time to remove the barriers to inclusive education, challenge long-standing misconceptions about the potential of students with Down syndrome to thrive in inclusive classrooms and build a world - starting with the introductory and formative world to life - our schools - that responds to the diverse needs of all children and welcomes and includes every child for the individual that they are. 


21 Stories to 21 March 2018

This year we will celebrate #WhatIBringToMyCommunity with the international Down syndrome community. We will count down to 21 March with 21 stories of how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions to their community.

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