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March 21st Officially Recognized as World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2007

Down Syndrome International (DSI) has officially earmarked March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The date was chosen to signify the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome and is used synonymously with Down syndrome.

Singapore was selected to launch the inaugural WDSD in 2006. The event, held at the CHIJ Secondary School in Toa Payoh, in the heartlands of Singapore was very successful and well attended. Many other organisations worldwide joined in the celebrations with events and activities in their respective countries.

This year the theme for March 21, 2007 is "Celebrating Diversity", to continue creating awareness about Down syndrome and promote acceptance of diversity.

All DSI members and related organizations worldwide are encouraged to observe the WDSD together with the community in an appropriate manner.

To read more, visit, http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/message.htm

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