World Down Syndrome Day – Why ‘Lots of Colored Socks’ for World Down Syndrome Day?

Hi it’s Khato again and I want to share with you some information about World Down Syndrome Day. So get ready to Rock Your Socks! World Down Syndrome Day is here, March 21st, which means it’s time to dig through your sock drawer and get out the craziest pair (or mismatched pair) or socks you can find to support Down Syndrome Awareness. Why crazy socks? The point is to spark exactly that question! When someone asks you why you are wearing crazy socks, it is your chance to make an impact and promote awareness.

Trisomy 21 is the technical term for Down Syndrome. There are 46 chromosomes (or 2 pairs of 23 chromosomes) that make up the DNA of every cell in our body. People with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome – 47 chromosomes in their DNA. The extra chromosome gives them some unique and special characteristics.

Down Syndrome was first characterized as a separate form of mental disability in 1862 by English physician John Langdon Down. Later  Jérôme Lejeune discovered it to be a cause of  Trisomy od the 21st chromosome. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many individuals with Down syndrome were institutionalized, few of the associated medical problems were treated.

The first World Down Syndrome Day ( WDSD) was held on March 21st, 2006. The day and month of the day were not coincidental but were chosen specifically to correspond with 21 and trisomy.

Down Syndrome Association Singapore launched and hosted the WDSD website from 2006-2010, on behalf of DSi, for global activities to be recorded. On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day.

In 2013, the theme of Wearing Odd Socks was initiated to raise awareness. Over time it has also been promoted as Lots of Socks. The idea was created because chromosomes are shaped “like socks” and people with Down’s Syndrome have an extra chromosome.

On this day people all over the world wear colorful, attractive, wacky socks on WDSD to get noticed. Other sock themed activities like puppet making and games are also carried out in schools, playgroups, daycares and workstations.

Towards the end it can be said that Volunteers from Poland picked out all our colored socks and got involved in this wonderful drive to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day!

Over and above that, If you aren’t sure what to say, keep reading for Down Syndrome facts you can use to explain what is Down Syndrome and why awareness is so important in this link- https://johnscrazysocks.com/pages/our-story .

Khato Turmanidze

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