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World Down Syndrome Day

Thursday
21
March

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day celebrates the lives of people who have Down Syndrome, sharing their experience, abilities, and accomplishments. The day advocates for full inclusion in society and encourages people to advocate for the rights of those with Down Syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st of March each year and the theme for 2024 is ‘We Decide’.

How is World Down Syndrome Day Celebrated?

Organisations and charities run events to promote the full inclusion in society of people with Down Syndrome and advocate for their rights. The UN General Assembly also hold events and share resources.

World Down Syndrome Day and Employment

People who have Down Syndrome will have some level of learning disability. Some people will be more independent and get a job, others might need more care. Employers can support those with Down Syndrome by:

  • Creating awareness, sharing resources, or running an event on this day.
  • Providing Disability training, which covers Down Syndrome, so the workforce has a better understanding
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are in place and inclusive
  • Becoming a Disability Confident Employer
  • Adopting inclusive recruitment to accommodate individual’s needs
  • Making the workplace accessible and consulting individuals on their needs
  • Offering flexible working arrangements
  • Best practice employers have been known to provide reasonable adjustments for all, to normalise the need for extra support and create truly inclusive workplaces.