Get footloose and fancy-free, take some videos while you’re at it and spread the positive vibes.
Feel like dancing at work? You now have a chance to break it down and make it matter.
On March 21st, you can show your support for World Down Syndrome Day and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) by dancing to music and filming it.
Email your video to CDSS, tweet it or post it on the CDSS Facebook wall. Use the hashtags #SeeTheAbility and #WorldDownSyndromeDay. In seconds, your booty-shakin’, smiling face will be used to help promote the day of celebration.
How did this all begin? Back in December of 2011, members of the United Nations General Assembly chose this day to celebrate Down Syndrome internationally as it marks the 21st day of the 3rd month of the year.
Organizers wanted to recognize the unique nature of those who live with Down syndrome, which is a genetic disorder caused by the triplication, or trisomy, of the 21st chromosome.
People with Down syndrome commonly show certain characteristics. These include physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features.
The goal of this year’s campaign hope to increase awareness of Down syndrome in general. Organizers and supporters want to encourage organizations, governments and individuals to recognize the ability and rights of those living with Down syndrome around the world, and promote inclusiveness.
People living with Down syndrome can often feel marginalized due to the restrictions their abilities present. That being said, they can and do lead productive lives. Many are employed as adults and form an integral part of their communities.
Feel like something other than dancing? You can join in on a variety of events that are taking place in various areas, worldwide. Or, simply grab some brightly coloured socks.
You can make a difference.