About Down's Syndrome : Awareness Week 2017


20-26 March 2017

People with Down’s syndrome have something to say. They want to be heard.  Their opinions count. 

Watch their films here:

 Each year, the voice of people with Down’s syndrome and their circles of support grows louder, but there is still much to do to achieve true and proper inclusion.
This year the focus of Awareness Week was on enabling people with Down’s syndrome of all ages and abilities to express themselves and, importantly, to be heard so that others understand their needs, thoughts and opinions.


We know that not everyone finds it easy to ‘speak-up’, but that is no reason for people with Down’s syndrome to be ignored. There are many ways to express an opinion and it is vital that individuals across the UK have the right support and advocates to help them do just that.


Across the globe, people expressed themselves.  You can watch people from around the world at the WDSD GLOBAL VIDEO EVENT

On 21st March the WDSD17 CONFERENCE is held at the United Nations in New York and Geneva (UN).

Eleanor Head from the UK spoke at the UN. This is her presentation:

Irene Galli, a young woman with Down’s syndrome gave a short speech to introduce the campaign film #NotSpecialNeeds created by CoorDown, Italy, together with Down Syndrome International and with the contribution of Down’s Syndrome Association (UK), Australia Down Syndrome and Fondation Lejeune in France:

Our Awareness Week pack is still available to download:

You can download the pack here.

The Awareness Week pack includes the following booklets, leaflets and posters:

  • Listen To Me Series:
    • Childhood Communication: visual resources to support communication Easy Read booklet
    • 13+ Transition: resources to help students make decisions about their future Easy Read booklet
  • Social Care Series:
    • Adult Needs Assessments: information for adults to assist them with their Needs Assessment Easy Read booklet
  • Having a Voice Series:
    • About Having a Voice Easy Read booklet
  • Living the Way You Want Series:
    • Making Choices. Easy Read booklet
  • DSActive leaflet
  • WorkFit Jobseeker leaflet
  • Did You Know…? poster
  • National Helpline poster
  • #Lotsofsocks poster
  • Fundraising Materials Request form


Thank you to everyone who bought #LotsOfSocks socks!

We sold around 6000 pairs and thousands more people wore their very own versions to mark
World Down Syndrome Day.

#MyVoiceMyCommunity  #LotsOfSocks  #HavingAVoice