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We all have different passions. Spend time getting to know someone with Down Syndrome to foster a people-centred healthcare approach.

End the stereotypes on World Down Syndrome Day and beyond

Mar 18, 2024

World Down Syndrome Day is on Thursday 21 March and is a global awareness day observed by the United Nations since 2012.

It is celebrated on the 21st day of the 3rd month each year to signify the unique triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome. The day is about advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 800 live births. Down Syndrome causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical conditions.

People with Down Syndrome are more than their disability. They have passions, goals to achieve, and gifts to share with the world.

The 2024 theme is ‘End the Stereotypes’. People are different. Each person with Down syndrome is different. Each person with an intellectual disability is different.

There are many ways we can support a person with Down Syndrome. Spend time chatting, to build rapport and trust. Get to know the person.

Including carers is very important. Ask the person and their carer how you can help, which allows them to identify their unique needs and how they’d like to be supported. A TOP 5 form can be beneficial with this. Most importantly, be person-centred and respectful.

For more information about World Down Syndrome Day check out the website.

If you would like further information about supporting people with disability, the NDIS or the TOP 5 initiative, please reach out to a Disability Healthcare Specialist:

Sarah: sarahmongan@health.nsw.gov.au

Charity: charityhoneysett@health.nsw.gov.au

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