Celebrating everyone with Trisomy Twenty one

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) celebrations in India have evolved into vibrant and inclusive events that highlight the abilities and achievements of individuals with Down syndrome. Each year on March 21st, various activities and initiatives take place across the country to raise awareness and promote inclusion. Here are some of the key highlights of WDSD celebrations in India this year:

One of the iconic ways India celebrates WDSD is by illuminating prominent buildings and monuments with blue and yellow lights, symbolizing Down syndrome awareness. This year, buildings across the country were lit up in the Down syndrome Yellow and blue to send out the right signals – that we are here to stay. Buildings that were lit up in Chennai were the Ripon Building, the Secretariat, which lit up for the first time and looked magnificent and the Apollo Hospitals. In Delhi, the Vidhan Soudha shone brilliantly in yellow and blue along with the Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital. Chandigarh also was not far behind with its Municipal corporation building grandly shining in yellow and blue. Some other significant structures across different cities join in this global initiative to shine a light on Down syndrome awareness.

The Buddy Walk is a signature event where people of all ages and abilities come together to walk in solidarity with individuals with Down syndrome. These walks were held in various cities and towns, bringing communities together to show support, raise funds for Down syndrome organizations, and celebrate diversity.

On WDSD, medical camps are often organized to provide free health check-ups, screenings, and consultations specifically for individuals with Down syndrome. These camps focus on addressing healthcare needs, offering guidance to families, and spreading awareness about related medical issues. Camps were organized in Delhi, Indore, Mumbai and Jalandhar this year.

Parent support groups and organizations often host meetings and seminars on WDSD, providing a platform for parents of children with Down syndrome to connect, share experiences, and access resources. These gatherings facilitate discussions on caregiving, education, advocacy, and emotional support. This year too parents met up in various cities to celebrate WDSD with their children to create an empowered community.

Educational institutions play a crucial role in WDSD celebrations by organizing special events, workshops, and awareness sessions. Students with Down syndrome participated in cultural programs, art exhibitions, sports activities, and interactive sessions that promote inclusion and showcase their talents.

With the rise of digital platforms, WDSD in India also saw online campaigns, webinars, and social media initiatives. These virtual discussions covered a range of topics such as rights and inclusion, education and employment opportunities, healthcare advancements, and personal stories of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

A unique initiative was organized in Chennai this year where our self-advocates were taken aboard a Coast Guard ship. This outing provided them with memorable experiences, exposure to maritime operations, and a chance to interact with personnel, fostering a sense of adventure and exploration. It also brought to the fore the compassionate side of our warriors who were accommodative of our children and showed them that valor also comes with love.

Overall, WDSD celebrations in India reflect a growing awareness and commitment to creating an inclusive society where individuals with Down syndrome are valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.

Here are some glimpses of the celebrations.

Lighting up Ripon building at chennai

WDSD Celebrations at Delhi

WDSD Celebrations at Chandigarh and punjab

WDSD celebrations at Chennai Secretariat

WDSD Celebrations at ACS College, Chennai

WDSD Celebrations at Indirapuram

WDSD Celebrations at Raipur

Downsyndrome day celebrations and J&K

Celebrating inclusion – Goa

WDSD Celebrations at Apollo Chennai

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