World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated each year on March 21st.
The date 3-21 for WDSD represents the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
The original idea was proposed by members of the European Down Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socio-economic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable variation worldwide.
Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues. 21 March 2013 marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.
The local organization Down Syndrome of Louisville along with its Lifelong Learning Center Indiana Campus works to provide support, information, education and advocacy for the rights and concerns of families dealing with Down syndrome.
The new Lifelong Learning Center Indiana Campus in Clarksville just opened this past February.
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