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What is World Down Syndrome Day? Why mismatched socks?

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.


All around the world, people with Down syndrome are treated badly…

>>>They are denied a quality education.

>>>They are denied good health care.

>>>They are denied the chance to work and earn their own     money.

>>>They are not allowed to make decisions about their own lives.

>>>Their voices are not heard!

So, on 21 March we create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Believe it or not, socks get people talking!

On 21 March, choose some socks that are going to get noticed!
They might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colorful socks, whatever takes your fancy! The idea is to start a conversation, so when people ask you about your socks you can tell them, “I’m wearing them to raise awareness of Down syndrome”.

And then you can tell them everything you want them to know about Down syndrome.

Share your socks with the world!

Don’t forget to share a ‘Lots Of Socks’ selfie on social media. Share your photo along with your message and include the hashtags…




The World Down Syndrome Day website and associated activities are coordinated by Down Syndrome International in collaboration with the National Down Syndrome Society and the Down's Syndrome Association.​