World Down Syndrome Day in UK

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Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

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Tuesday March 21 is the 12th World Down Syndrome Day, where the voice of people with Down Syndrome, and those who work and live with them, grows louder.

Down Syndrome International encourages people across the globe to choose activities and events that will raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have the condition, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives.

By understanding the issues those with Down Syndrome face in everyday life, and recognising the steps people can take to help them realise their full potential, a real difference can be made to enrich the lives of those with the condition.

What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by an error in cell division which results in an extra 21st chromosome.

 

Photographer captures heartwarming portraits of young children with Down syndrome to celebrate the 'inspiring, funny, and happy' kids affected by the condition Rhode Island-based photographer Laura Kilgus has been passionate about helping the Down syndrome community Credit: Laura Kilgus link back: http://www.9tenphoto.com/

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The condition leads to impaired cognitive ability and physical growth.

Each person with Down Syndrome is affected differently, but most will have a number of physical characteristics and developmental problems.

Many will have a small nose and mouth, eyes that slant upwards and outwards, broad hands with short fingers, and below-average weight and length at birth.

All children with Down Syndrome will have a level of learning disability and delayed development, and 1 in 10 children will also experience additional difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder or ADHD.

What events are taking place this year?

In the UK, Shabang Inclusive Learning from Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire have released a 3 minute film called ‘Love That Extra Chromosome’.

St Botolph’s Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, will be lit up with yellow and blue lights every evening for a week.

Cornwall’s Down Syndrome Support Group will be running a Dance Flash Mob to raise awareness.

My Feral Heart, a film which explores the contemporary issues faced by people with Down Syndrome, will be screened at over 60 cinemas across the UK.

Visit the OurScreen website to find out where your nearest cinema is.

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