Starting the conversation: World Down Syndrome Day 2014

The 21st of March celebrates World Down Syndrome Day, lead by Down Syndrome International. The inaugural day was launched on 21st of March 2006 in Singapore; the date was chosen to represent the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

People across the globe are asked to encourage all of their friends and family to help raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks or even odd clothing, with the aim to trigger conversation around the subject of Down Syndrome. This theme was chosen as although a pair of socks may be different, i.e. a different colour or different design, in reality their function is the same and can be worn together if people can accept the difference.

Craegmoor and Priory Education will be celebrating World Down Syndrome day by wearing ‘Odd Socks’ on Friday.  Both services look to provide a safe environment for those with Down Syndrome and strive to maximise learning in order to promote independence, choice and control in a place where all individuals can make their own choices about the support they receive.

Craegmoor is currently at the beginning of a research project focused on those with Down Syndrome, working with Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council. Their aim is to understand why people with Down’s syndrome are at risk of memory problems, in order to develop safe treatments that might prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down’s syndrome, as well as in the general population.  For further information, please visit the Defeat Dementia in Down Syndrome website.

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