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January 30, 2012

March 21: World Down’s Syndrome Day

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) and all countries involved will set aside a day to be recognized as World Down’s Syndrome Day.  This date will be March 21.  The Brazil chapter of the UN launched this idea.

This date also has special meaning.  When a person with Down’s syndrome is diagnosed, they have three copies of the twenty-first chromosome.  (3/21)   Activists have already been increasing awareness of Down’s syndrome on this day since 2006.

March 21 will be remembered this year by Down’s syndrome activists meeting at the UN official headquarters in New York.  Activists will be part of a conference.   These topics discussed at the conference will highlight education for the condition, independent living, and collaborating with the media to raise awareness for Down’s syndrome.

Representatives from the Brazilian delegation hope that many people from the countries participating will be present at the conference.  The UN also recognizes a day to honor autism.  This date is observed on April 2.

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