March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, a day to advocate for the rights of those living with the condition.
Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition throughout the world. Down Syndrome causes varying degrees of physical and intellectual disabilities, and associated medical issues.
At Flatrock, we have many residents with Down Syndrome. Like everyone else, their preferences, abilities and personalities are unique to them. We advocate for their rights and opportunities and strive for inclusion in all activities at Flatrock. We believe that people with Down Syndrome must be accepted and included as valued and equal members of the community.
For 2022, the commemoration of World Down Syndrome Day focuses on the question: “What is inclusion?”
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) calls for “full and effective participation and inclusion in society.” Unfortunately, for many with Down Syndrome, that is not the reality. There are many “reasons” for this, but one major reason is that there is a lack of understanding of what inclusion is and what inclusion systems look like in practice.
World Down Syndrome Day encourages the sharing of our collective understanding of inclusion to get a global conversation going and empower people to advocate for inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Think about what inclusion means to you and share your thoughts on social media, using the hashtags #InclusionMeans and #WorldDownSyndromeDay.