Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2022. WDSD is marked every year on the 21st of March to represent the additional copy of the 21st chromosome that those with Down Syndrome are born with! The aim is to challenge the perceptions of DS and help these individuals to speak up and feel respected as valuable members of our society.
What are the types of Down Syndrome?
Trisomy: each cell has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of 2
Translocation: part of chromosome 21 breaks off during cell division and attaches to another chromosome
Mosaic: a mixture of cells, some with an extra chromosome and some without.
Today's reality is that those with DS may not actively participate in or be included in society. The theme of WDSD 2022 is "What does inclusion mean". The aim is to promote participation and inclusion of those with DS in our society.
How you can support those with DS:
It is important to be patient when conversing with those who have DS as their speech might be difficult to understand. Encourage and invite these individuals to attend social events to promote an inclusive society.
Raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day in your community by participating in events such as:
Wearing lots of socks
Take part in the virtual purple run by running or walking 5km to raise money for those with DS.
Down Syndrome Ireland provides support to the individual and families of those with DS. Support with child development, speech and language development and education is available for all ages.
Contact the national office on: 01 563 2450 or email email@example.com
At Dublin Mind Clinic we offer various types of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback Training.
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More information on how to avail of our services at dublinmindclinic.com