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Call to action 2019

January 1 - March 21

“Leave no one behind”

All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, pledges that “no one will be left behind”.

The reality today is that prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, ensure that people with Down syndrome are left behind.

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.

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 key stakeholders to ensure they understand how to provide these opportunities and in turn disseminate this message to bring about real change.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019, we call upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind”.

#LeaveNoOneBehind #WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD19

Down Syndrome International’s campaign will:

  • explain how negative attitudes and lack of knowledge about their potential, results in individuals with Down syndrome being left behind, something which occurs in society, but also within the disability community and the Down syndrome community;
  • explain how, 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;
  • empower people with Down syndrome and those supporting and working with them to advocate for these opportunities;
  • 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.

This campaign will be integrated into all of DSi’s WDSD activities and we encourage everyone around the world to do the same.

You can take part

We can provide resources to support this campaign, including campaign toolkits, easy read materials, logos, leaflets and posters. Simply order an online resources pack from us today:


Please contact our International Office if you have any queries.


January 1
March 21
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Down Syndrome International
+44 (0)1395 493108


DSi International Office
Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park
Teddington, TW11 9PS United Kingdom