Ending Stereotypes For Persons With Down Syndrome

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World Down Syndrome Day [WDSD] is recognised each year on 21 March.

This year the theme is focused on ending stereotypes for persons with Down syndrome. Stereotypes surrounding Down syndrome have persisted for far too long, perpetuating misconceptions and limiting opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to fully participate in society. These stereotypes often lead to discrimination, exclusion, and denial of basic human rights.

For WDSD 2024, the global Down syndrome community calls for Health Equity for Persons with Disabilities. Every person with a disability has a right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of their disability.

On the 20th March 2024, Down Syndrome South Africa in collaboration with UNISA, Centre of Excellence in Disability, will be hosting a symposium at the UNISA Muckleneuk Campus under the banner: “DISMANTLING STEREOTYPES- UNITING VOICES FOR CHANGE”. Important discussion topics on stereotypes around Health, Education and Employment will be addressed. For more information and to register, see here.

Read the full press release for WDSD 2024 here.

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