Inclusion on World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) , 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. 

A stock image of a group of young people including a girl with Down syndrome, hugging and smiling

A stock image of a group of young people including a girl with Down syndrome, hugging and smiling

This year, the day is challenging us to think about what inclusion means, so here's what the ODI team reckons. 

What does inclusion mean?

  • “You are welcome and belong because of who you are” - Brian

  • ”Ensuring everyone can participate in their passions and interests” - Jasmine

  • "People smile at me when I arrive" - Kerrie

  • “Inclusion is a process based on understanding, fairness and respect” - Shona

  • “We have a purpose and are valued members of society” - Catherine

  • "People can be their real selves" - Joanna

  • “There‘s always a place to feel secure, assured and happy” - Darryl

  • "Having your voice heard, your differences valued, and needs supported" - Shama

  • “Full and equal access to everything means I am included” - Kellye

  • “He waka eke noa, we are all in this together” - Ryan

  • “Embrace all people as they are” - Sarah

  • “We belong, We are visible, our voices are heard” - Pauline

  • “He waka eke noa – we are one, valuing individual uniqueness” - Sally

And we have just heard from Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Disability Issues who has said:

 “Living in a warm, friendly, empowering world that welcomes you. “

What does inclusion mean to you

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