World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day occurs every year on 3/21 in recognition of the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes individuals with Down syndrome. We celebrate in many ways: education kits, a talent show, educator awards and more!

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is an annual celebration and global awareness day on March 21 officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. March 21 (3/21) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Take a look below to see how we are celebrating in 2024!

Items in 2023 WDSD Kit: a letter, classroom discussion guide, and a book called Everyone Belonsg.

WDSD Activity Kits

In 2022, DSACT created a World Down Syndrome Day Activity Kit program to provide a way for teachers to facilitate discussion about Down syndrome on or around World Down Syndrome Day. These kits include:

  • A hardcover book featuring a character with Down syndrome or about inclusion
  • Discussion questions based on the book
  • Educational resources about Down syndrome
  • A hard copy of the activities to share throughout the school

DSACT families can request a free activity kit for their child’s classroom or teachers can request for their classroom. In 2023, we sent 40 kits to 36  schools across 19 districts.  

A big thank you to Halff for their donation, allowing us to expand our World Down Syndrome Day Kits in 2024!

WDSD Recital

Join the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas for the 2024 DSACT World Down Syndrome Day Recital that will showcase performances from some of our ongoing recreation programs.

Date: March 23, 2024
Time: 1-3 pm (includes a reception after the recital for mingling)
Location: The Austin Stone Northwest
9001 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78726
Cost: Tickets are free to showcase our wonderful programs supported by donors year round.

WDSD Yard Signs

We are excited to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome for the upcoming World Down Syndrome Day with custom yard signs again this year!  We have three options available based on your preferences and a new design for 2024.

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