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Call to action 2020

January 1 - March 31

“We Decide”

All people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives.

Effective and meaningful participation is a core human rights principle supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The reality today

The reality today is that prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, ensure that people with Down syndrome are left behind and do not have opportunities to participate fully in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives at all levels. This occurs in society, but also within the disability community and the Down syndrome community.

At the root of this discrimination and exclusion 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 participate meaningfully.

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 participate in decision making, included on a full and equal basis with others.

Empowering stakeholders

People with Down syndrome and those who support and work with them must be empowered to advocate for effective and meaningful participation.

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.

What you can do

On World Down Syndrome Day, Saturday 21 March 2020, we call upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world “we decide”.

This campaign will be integrated into all of DSi’s WDSD 2020 activities and we encourage everyone around the world to do the same.

You may like to get involved in any of our activities for WDSD 2020:

  • Host a WDSD event or attend an event near you – events will be listed on our website early in 2020
  • Make a video and share it with the world – WDSD videos 2020
  • Join us at the WDSD Conference at United Nations headquarters in New York (attend in person or watch online)
  • Join us at the WDSD event at United Nations headquarters in Geneva (attend in person or watch online) 
  • Wear #LotsOfSocks – WDSD merchandise
  • Follow the activities of Down Syndrome International and our National Members from around the world on social media

Facebook World Down Syndrome Day 

Twitter  World Down Syndrome Day

Instagram  World Down Syndrome Day

  • Look out for these hashtags and use them when you post too

#WeDecide #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

You may wish to order a resources pack from DSi to help with your WDSD plans

Please contact our International Office if you have any queries.


January 1
March 31
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Down Syndrome International
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