Every year 21st March is observed as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The day is observed in an effort to raise awareness of Down syndrome and advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The date for WDSD was chosen to reflect the trisomic specificity of chromosome 21, which causes Down syndrome. Down syndrome is named after the British physician John Langdon Down, who first discovered the syndrome in 1866.
On this occasion, National Gallery of Modern Art, NGMA is organizing Painting and Pottery Workshop.
The theme for World Syndrome day 2023 is “With Us Not For Us”.
World Down Syndrome Day was first observed on March 21, 2006 and was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome and promoting the rights and dignity of people with this condition.
What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of third copy of chromosome-21. Most people have 46 chromosomes in all of their cells, but in people with Down syndrome they have 47 chromosomes and because of that they look differently and learn differently.