India Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day 2023 and how!

After two years of pandemic and a year of adjustment, 2023 came with a hope for a healthier world. And it kept up to its expectations – at least as far as World Down Syndrome Day celebrations go. This year the whole of India celebrated – from Kashmir to Tamilnadu, from Mumbai to Rourkela, India had turned blue and yellow – the colours of Down syndrome. Buildings were lit up, arenas were decorated, hospitals were beautified and everywhere there was a sense of joy. From colleges to hospitals, seminars to fun activities, malls to roads, there was no place that we had left out. We had fashion shows, medical camps, special games for persons with Down syndrome, virtual webinars, awareness inm hospitals, schools and colleges, fun activities and much more…

This is the beginning of a revolution. To make sure that our self-advocates are included. By inclusion, we do not mean they are there, it means they are there with a voice, with their opinions – opinions that matter.

We are happy that there was more involvement from society and this is just the start. Let us hope this camaraderie continues… Here are a few glimpses of how India celebrated. We will be coming out with more. So keep coming back.

Jijo-Moving towards an inclusive world

Jijo is an artist, illustrator, photographer, and drummer with Down Syndrome, who has been internationally featured and awarded for his work. He represents his brand Art of My Optimus in everything that he does. His goal in life is to someday work as a concept artist in animation studios like Disney-Pixar, DreamWorks, etc. His immense …
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Lighting up of buildings

Lighting up of buildings in the Down Syndrome colors of Yellow and blue across the country. This also includes the World Famous Apollo Hospitals.

Down Syndrome National Games at RRC Stadium

First Ever Down Syndrome National Games at RRC Stadium, Hyderabad from the 17-19 of March 2023. Down Syndrome Federation of India, the primary body supporting persons with Down syndrome and their families in the country is happy to announce the first Down Syndrome National Games in the country. This is for the first time that …
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Medical cum Awareness camp at Rourkela

First ever Medical cum Awareness camp at Rourkela organized by DSFI and the organization Home and Hope, Rourkela sponsored by Rourkela Steel PlantA Free Awareness cum Medical camp for persons with Down syndrome was organized by DSFI in collaboration with Home and hope on 25th & 26th February, at Rourkela. The event was Sponsored by …
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Medical Camp at Delhi

Medical Camp at Delhi on the 19th of March 2023 We at DSPS are happy to announce Annual Medical Camp under the aegis of Down Syndrome Federation of India and in association of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Delhi and Manipal Hospital on March 19, 2023. We request all who are interested to send their willingness …
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Other Activities

Virtual WDSD event organized by DSFI where Chief Guest is Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS, Secretary –Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Mr. Shombi Sharp, Resident Coordinator, UN India is also a special invitee for the webinar. This event is on the 21 of March 2023. Celebrating Down syndrome …
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Down Syndrome Camp at Indore

A medical cum health camp was organized by the Local Level Committee  members to celebrate World Down syndrome Day 2023. The collector of Indore Dr. Ilayaraja T. was the Chief Guest of the event . He also presented an award to Ms. Prutha Bhalerao, self-advocate. There were multiple programs and presentations that showcased the talents …
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Party on Mumbai

Mumbai is a happening place and this year Mumbai is welcoming World Down syndrome Day with multiple activities. On the 21st of March, GoldenFinch Hotel at Andheri, Mumbai played host to a WDSD party organized by PODS.  There was dance and masti and our self-advocate proved once again how they could bring cheer in every …
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Punjab celebrated World Down syndrome Day with a lot of activities. Buildings were lit up in Mohali, Amritsar and Jalandhar. An interactive session with parents was organized at Mohali with the children involved in fun activities. The session for parents focused on sports, government schemes & security devices for children. Refreshments were also provided for …
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Meenakshi Mission Hospital Madurai

We Meenakshi mission hospital Child development centre  Madurai conducted an awareness programme amoung our various hospital staff on March 21st  world down syndrome day.Developmental pediatrician, Physiotherapist, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist, speech therapist, multisensory & play activities experts, special educator explained about down syndrome and their strength, importance of early intervention.We also showed video of their …
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Celebrations at Kota

First time in kota (Rajasthan) World Down’s syndrome was celebrated on 21 March 2023 at city mall in leadership of Vishesh’s mother mrs. Lavleena Joshi. Big cities or towns, this WDSD was marked by the increase in visibility for our self-advocates. The world is taking note of them and parents are at the forefront of …
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Celebrations at Mamata Special School, Dharwad

From a parent – Anupama Hannikeri… “Our hearts our full. Thank you all so much for making the World Down Syndrome day 2023 celebration a great day. Special children from 8 schools performed on stage with their  Dances, Fashion show.  All were wonderfully made just like those having 46 chromosomes. It was great having our …
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VHS Hospital Chennai celebrated WDSD

Every year pre-covid, VHS Hospitals celebrated World Down Syndrome Day with our self-advocates and parents. After two years, the event was conducted once again in style. Dr. Shyamala, President of the IAP Chennai Chapter was the Chief guest. She promised to ensure that the Doctor fraternity supports our self-advocates. Looking at them, there is no …
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WDSD celebrations at Jammu and Kashmir

Down Syndrome Day  was celebrated at ‘Dagger Parivaar School’ Baramulla on 21 March 2023.  Notably the school is designed for specially abled children of Baramulla with different medical conditions including Down Syndrome affected children. The children performed cultural programmes on various activities like group dance, group song, solo dance etc. The captivating energy and enthusiasm …
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Inclusive ramp walk with the NID team

Inclusive ramp walk with the NID team. This event is to celebrate only persons with Down syndrome as all of us are so proud of them 😊 FYI participants can be fromacross the country and need to be are available from 29th to 31st at NID campus for rehearsals.