About Down's Syndrome : Awareness Week 2019


Let’s tell the world that no-one should be left behind!

Every single person with Down’s syndrome should have the same opportunities as everyone else, in EVERY area of life:

  • Personal development
  • Personal relationships
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Work
  • Public life
  • Hobbies and leisure

Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week and World Down Syndrome Day are an amazing opportunity to challenge our society’s misconceptions about Down’s syndrome and to call for it to be more inclusive.

We’ll be celebrating the achievements of people with Down’s syndrome, telling their stories and amplifying their voices.

The DSA will especially be highlighting the stories and achievements of people with Down’s syndrome and who have more complex needs…a section of our own community who can sometimes feel particularly left behind.

How you can help

  • Tell us your stories
    Email DSAPress.office@downs-syndrome.org.uk if you would like us to feature your story during Awareness Week.
  • Wear you #LotsOfSocks with pride on World Down Syndrome Day (21 March). Order a pair here today.
    Wear them at home, nursery, school, college, university, work, play, travel, on holiday…wherever you are and whatever you’re doing on 21 March! Make sure to take pictures and videos and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19…we love seeing and sharing everyone’s #LotsOfSocks pictures!
  • Hold an event at your school, workplace, place of worship or social club
    You can order a fundraising pack here and we have lots of resources to support your awareness raising too.
  • What is Down’s syndrome? Resources for schools
    Our Training & Information team have created two sets of resources for teachers – one for children and one for young people. Each set has a presentation, guidance notes and a document. Download the resources for free here.
  • Share, share, share!
    If you have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, please share our posts and keep an eye on our hashtags: #LeaveNoOneBehind #LotsOfSocks #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19
  • Contact your MP
    This year’s Awareness Week theme fits perfectly with our campaign to highlight our concerns about social care for people with Down’s syndrome. We’ve already written to MP’s about the issue but letters from members of the public can really make a difference. Find out more or read the It’s My Life report findings here.
    You can also ask them to support Awareness Week and World Down Syndrome Day.
  • Tell people to get in touch with the DSA!
    If anyone you talk to wants to know more or would like support to be more inclusive, ask them to give our Helpline a call.

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