We don’t count chromosomes! - World Down Syndrome Day marked on March 21
21 March, 2016
We don’t count chromosomes! - World Down Syndrome Day marked on March 21
March 21, 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

On this day people all over the world are encouraged to choose their own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

The online “mismatched socks” campaign established in favor of the enrichment of the society by Down syndrome people has reached the wide range of internet users, whose countless photos and videos are constantly drifting in the vastness of the Internet.

Last year Georgia also joined the world campaign and Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili and his wife, as well as numerous politicians, actors and public figures appeared with colorful socks and slogans “Friends don’t count
chromosomes.”

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that is associated with intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, and weak muscle tone (hypotonia) in infancy. All affected individuals experience cognitive delays, but the intellectual disability is usually mild to moderate.

Down syndrome occurs in about 1 in 800 newborns. Although women of any age can have a child with Down syndrome, the chance of having a child with this condition increases as a woman gets older.

“People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities,” the special website for this day worlddownsyndromeday.org says.

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