March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. I can’t believe there was ever a time that I wasn’t celebrating this awesome day. After the birth of my son, Miles, I found the amazing Down Syndrome community and have loved learning, advocating, and celebrating for him.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. It was picked to be celebrated on the 21st day of the third month to signify the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome. The purpose of WDSD is to bring awareness and education to the world on the value that people with Down Syndrome have and what they can do.
As each year has gone by, I have felt more motivated to bring awareness to this day. After I received a prenatal diagnosis that my