March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), this global awareness day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD, being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (Trisome 21) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
In South Africa we are fortunate to celebrate this event together with Human Rights Day. This year’s event is celebrated under the theme “With Us Not for Us” and we will be throwing the spotlight on three key issues:
1. Understanding the right to legal capacity
2. Good practices in supported decision-making
3. Easy to understand communication