There is very little known about Down Syndrome other than those who have it have an extra chromosome. People don’t also know that those who have Down Syndrome have unique gifts and talents that can make a positive difference in the world. There is a day to celebrate those who have the condition, which is World Down Syndrome Day.
March 21st is when you are encouraged to learn about Down Syndrome if you have not been touched by it and teach others around you about the condition. Unfortunately, people with Down Syndrome have been ostracized for centuries and decades because of the lack of awareness and understanding of those who have the condition.
Down Syndrome results from a chromosome breaking off during the embryonic phase, which is chromosome 21. Typically, people have 46 chromosomes, but the breaking of the chromosome causes people with Down Syndrome to have an extra chromosome which means they have 47. The other name for the condition is trisomy 21. Those who have Down Syndrome are often short in stature, have heart conditions, have muscle tone issues, and can have intellectual disabilities ranging from very mild to severe. Those who have the condition have so much to offer in the world.
Some famous people have Down Syndrome, including the American actor Chris Burke, American rapper, Laz-D, British actor Tommy Jessop, and Spanish actor Pablo Pineda, who also completed a university degree. Let’s not forget about the entrepreneur, Collette Divitto, who established Collettey’s Cookies. The list goes on, and these people need to be celebrated!
History Of Down Syndrome Day
The establishment of Down Syndrome Day happened in 2012 by the United Nations. March 21st was chosen as the day because it is the 21st day, as chromosome 21 is the one breaking off during the embryonic phase. And March is the third month of the year, and trisomy means three. Since there have been decades and centuries of not understanding Down Syndrome due to lack of awareness, the United Nations wanted to fix that issue. That day has helped those who have the condition become understood and included, and accepted by others. That is because those with Down Syndrome will have a fantastic influence on you if you allow them to do that!
How To Celebrate Down Syndrome Day
Do you personally know someone with Down Syndrome? If so, reach out to them and tell them you are proud of their accomplishments. If not, then go and learn something about Down Syndrome. If you are reading this and you have Down Syndrome, be proud of your achievements. However, you celebrate the day, share it on social media by using #WorldDownSyndromeDay in a post.
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