March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day #MyVoiceMyCommunity

National News
Spring 2017

Down Syndrome International

World Down Syndrome Day Logo#MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community

In 2017, we will focus on enabling people with Down syndrome (and those who advocate for them) to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to ensure that they can be included, on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.

Working with our global network, the campaign will:

  • Explain why it is important for people with Down syndrome and their advocates to speak up and influence local, national, regional and international policy makers.
  • Explain what the key policies are which affect the lives of people with Down syndrome and how they can ensure full society inclusion if implemented.
  • Explain how advocates can get involved – from media campaigns to direct political advocacy.
  • Explain how to empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for themselves and provide accessible tools to facilitate this.  

We will be encouraging people with Down syndrome to say #MyVoiceMyCommunity and we will ask everyone to respond to our call by sharing and showing the world how people with Down syndrome participate in the community alongside everyone else. You can take part simply by sharing details of WDSD activities or by photos, messages, quotes or in any way you choose, using the hash tag #MyVoiceMyCommunity as well as #WDSD17.

Our WDSD Global Video Event and WDSD Conference will both explore this important area of focus. For more information about World Down Syndrome Day, visit https://worlddownsyndromeday.org

Check with your local Down syndrome networks and advocacy groups on events and activities for 2017 World Down Syndrome Day.