Each year Down Syndrome International presents a “Call to action” for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). This campaign will be integrated into all of DSi’s WDSD activities and we encourage everyone around the world to do the same.
The reality today and need for opportunities
The reality today is that prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, ensure that people with Down syndrome are left behind. This occurs in society, but also within the disability community and the Down syndrome community.
There is a lack of understanding of the challenges individuals face across their lifetimes and a failure to support them with the opportunities and tools needed to live fulfilling lives.
Across areas of life such as lifelong personal development, personal relationships, education, healthcare, work and livelihood, recreation and leisure and participation in public life, ALL people with Down syndrome must have opportunities, included on a full and equal basis with others.
People with Down syndrome and those who support and work with them must be empowered to advocate for these opportunities.
They can then reach out to other key stakeholders including education, health and social care professionals, employers, community and public bodies, media and the wider community to ensure they understand how to provide these opportunities and encourage these stakeholders to disseminate this message to bring about change.
Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do.
2011-2014 – Let us in!
2015 – My Opportunities My Choices
2016 – My Friends My Community
2017 – My Voice My Community
2018 – What I Bring To My Community
2019 – Leave No One Behind
Reasons to celebrate
For World Down Syndrome Day 2019, CoorDown presents REASONS TO CELEBRATE, the international communication campaign developed in partnership with FCB México and SMALL.