Tell the world, “Leave No One Behind”

The theme of #WDSD19 is “Leave No One Behind”. The theme is taken from the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable development; a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

All people with Down syndrome should have opportunities to live fulfilling lives and to be included on a full and equal basis with others across all aspects of society but the reality today is very different. People with Down syndrome face negative attitudes, low expectations, discrimination and exclusion.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Down Syndrome International (DSi), along with members of the Down syndrome community, will be at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York to speak to key stakeholders in Education and Employment to tell them how they can #LeaveNoOneBehind.

You can support our campaign:

Follow the action from the WDSD Conference on our social media pages and watch the live broadcasts too.

Down Syndrome International on Facebook

Down Syndrome International on Twitter

Down Syndrome International on Instagram

Tell the world what we should be doing to enable people with Down syndrome to live fulfilling lives. Share your views on social media using the hashtag #LeaveNoOneBehind

Watch and share World Down Syndrome Day 2019 videos on Down TV – You might even like to make a video of your own!

Down TV

Wear #LotsOfSocks – Whether you wear lots of socks, mismatched socks or your craziest pair, people will ask you about them and you can tell them that you are supporting people with Down syndrome. Share a photo of your socks on social media with the hashtag #LotsOfSocks and encourage your friends to join in too.

You can read more about our Call To Action on our website.


Have a great World Down Syndrome Day!


Get involved in World Down Syndrome Day 2019

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated on 21st March each year, a day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

All around the world, communities come together to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

You can find events and activities taking place in your area on the World Down Syndrome Day website and in the Facebook Event for World Down Syndrome Day 2019. You are welcome to share your own event here too. There is a deadline to have your event included on the World Down Syndrome Day website which is 15th March.



Many World Down Syndrome Day events will be raising funds for Down syndrome charities; these charities rely on donations to conduct their work. Please support them if you can.

If you are planning to raise funds for World Down Syndrome Day please consider donating a portion of the funds to Down Syndrome International’s (DSi) Global Support Campaign. DSi work hard to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome around the world, particularly those living in developing countries where they may have very limited access to health care, education and employment opportunities and quality of life is very poor.

You can read more about fundraising on the World Down Syndrome Day website.


However you choose to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year we hope you have a great day.

Please share your photos and thoughts with us on social media @WorldDSDay and use all the hashtags: #LeaveNoOneBehind #WDSD19 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks


Make a video to raise awareness for #WDSD19

A video touches the heart in a way that no other media can and so they are a great way to raise awareness.

We encourage our supporters to make their own videos as we approach World Down Syndrome Day. This is an opportunity to share a little bit of you with the world. 

We have seen all kinds of videos that have been made for World Down Syndrome Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • “a day in the life” – show us what you get up to in a typical day;
  • a video of you doing your favourite activity;
  • tell us what “Leave No One Behind” means to you;
  • tell us about your hopes and dreams.
If you need a little more inspiration, check out this lovely video made for WDSD 2018 which has been viewed over 5 million times. Now that’s a lot of awareness raising!!
Once you have made your video make sure you upload it to Down TV where we have created a global meeting point for all #WorldDownSyndromeDay videos. Find out how to do this here:

Wear your #LotsOfSocks on Thursday 21 March

One of the ways that we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) each year is by encouraging our supporters to wear “lots of socks”. but why?

Well it’s simple. Wearing bright and colourful socks are a great way to get people talking on 21 March so you can talk all about Down syndrome.

Each year DSi uses a new sock design. This year’s socks were designed by Sam Asaad.

In the weeks leading up to WDSD, we sell our socks to people all over the world to wear to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Proceeds from the sale of our socks go towards our Global Support campaign to fund our work supporting people with Down syndrome around the world.

As well as simply wearing socks, we also ask supporters to share photos of yourselves wearing your socks on social media using the hashtag #LotsOfSocks. The more people who post and share photos, the more coverage we will collectively get and the further we can spread our message.

If you would like to join in and buy your own #LotsOfSocks socks you will need to be quick as our shop is closing on Tuesday morning (5 March 2019). Until then, you can buy them here:

Visit WDSD Shop

To follow all of the action online follow our pages on:

WDSD on Facebook

WDSD on Twitter

WDSD on Instagram

Have a wonderful World Down Syndrome Day!


Looking forward to 21 March 2019

Everyone at DSi is looking forward to World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019! We hope you are too.

Please take a while to check out this new website. More news will follow about all of the activities we have planned and how you can get involved.

We will be in contact again soon. Thank you for supporting #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

The DSi team