World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations
March 21 is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day. This day was so declared by the UN in the year 2012 to signify the triplication of the 21st chromosome. Since then the UN has organized events to commemorate the day as a celebration of persons with Down syndrome.
Last year, APDSF member countries had attended the event and the representatives from India, Nepal and Singapore had all created an impact by discussing Down syndrome in their respective countries and how APDSF as a body needed to work towards a common goal – inclusion for persons with Down syndrome.
This year APDSF was represented by Mongolia and India. Ms. Karishma Kannan, a self-advocate and her sibling Kajol spoke about growing up with Down syndrome and how Karishma has overcome all challenges. Please click here for her presentation. Karishma v6 final.mp4
Dr. Ramachandran from, India spoke about the shifting perspectives in India and her presentation showed how Down syndrome was being viewed in a more positive light now. She also spoke about how life changes with a person with Down syndrome in one’s midst. Her speech was full of positivity and the room reverberated with applause as she concluded.
MR. Vanchig Ganzorig, Chairman of Down Syndrome Association of Mongolia also shared his message on Mongolia. A video presentation from Australia about a self-advocate who has carved a niche for himself was shown at the event to widespread appreciation.
APDSF through its presence at the UN is trying to build up a case for the world to view Down syndrome in Asia in new light. After all the perspectives here are way different than what is followed in the west.