“Today, we reflect on Down syndrome and persons living with Down syndrome. Let’s spread awareness and support. Wear your mismatched socks,” said Rossana Briceño, Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children.
“Why mismatched socks? The idea of mismatched socks as well as the date, 3/21, signifies the uniqueness of the 3rd chromosome on chromosome number 21.”
“Down syndrome (sometimes called Down’s syndrome) is a condition in which a child is born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome — hence its other name, trisomy 21. This causes physical and mental development delays and disabilities,” said the Special Envoy.
According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement. Worlddownsyndromeday.org says Down Syndrome is a human condition that is universally present across racial, gender, or socioeconomic lines in approximately 1 in 800 live births. Down syndrome affects humans with different degrees of intellectual and physical disability.
“Many of the disabilities are lifelong, and they can also shorten life expectancy,” said Briceño. “However, people with Down syndrome can live healthy and fulfilling lives. Recent medical advances, as well as cultural and institutional support for people with Down syndrome and their families, provide many opportunities to help overcome the challenges of this condition.”
Down Syndrome International advocates for inclusive employment, education, health, and organizations for people with Down syndrome.