World Down Syndrome Day
UPDATE 3/18 - Fenway Park facade will Light It Up Blue+Yellow on 3/21. Thanks Red Sox for continuing to be amazing partner!
UPDATE 3/15 - Boston25 News will Light It Up Blue +Yellow on 3/21. Look for their rooftop satellite dishes along 128 in the colors of Down syndrome.?
UPDATE 3/11 - Cappello Heavy Transport of Shrewsbury will light its fleet of trucks Blue+Yellow on 3/21. Thanks Cappello!
UPDATE 3/7 - TD Garden will Light It Up Blue +Yellow on 3/21. Thanks TD Garden!
UPDATE 3/5 - Lighthouse at Gillette Stadium will Light It Up Blue+Yellow on 3/21. Thank you Gillette!
What Is World Down Syndrome Day?
March 21st is a global day of celebration and awareness that has been observed by the United Nations since 2012. It’s purpose is to educate the world on what Down syndrome is and how individuals with Down syndrome need to be valued in their communities.
Why March 21st?
To signify the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. The third month on the 21st day.
How Are We Celebrating?
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress is excited to be a full participant in WDSD! In our little corner of the world, we are proud to have so much going on celebrate our community and to do our part to spread awareness, acceptance and inclusion! Check out our initiatives!
1) Light it blue+yellow! We are lighting up the night sky with the colors of Down syndrome from the easternmost to the westernmost parts of the state and in between.
Look for these landmarks aglow in blue+yellow: Zakim Bridge in Boston, Gillette Stadium Lighthouse in Foxboro, Burns Bridge in Worcester, and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
You can join too by helping us light something blue+yellow on 3/21. Ask your local churches, stores, venues to light it blue+yellow. Put blue+yellow candles in your windows. Put blue+yellow lights around your house. Paint your nails blue+yellow. Be creative. Have fun!
And be sure to let us know. Tag us on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Billboard Campaign
Look for our billboards north- and southbound on Route 1 and on I-93 North of Boston that will bring awareness to the overall theme for World Down Syndrome Day 2018, which is “What I bring to the workplace”. This message is to bring awareness to disability employment and educate employers on the benefits of employing people with Down Syndrome. You will see local individuals with Down Syndrome at their jobs with our message “Employees with Down Syndrome Get The Job Done!”
3) Testifying at United Nations Headquaters
MDSC will send a delegation to United Nations Headquarters in New York City on March 21. Down Syndrome International hosts the worldwide-broadcast event, which will include expert testimony and panel discussion on this year's theme -- employment.
Testimony will be given by MDSC friends at Manion, Gaynor & Manning (law firm) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Also joining will be our Your Next Star Ambassador Collette DiVitto. Register to attend live in person or join conference via UN Web TV here.
4) Who is Your Next Star?
The theme of this year's WDSD is "What I Bring to the Workplace," which highlights the ways that employers benefit from hiring individuals with Down syndrome. MDSC is proud to share our employment initiative, entitled “ Your Next Star”. Check out our video above and our website to take action!
5) Sanctuary Screening - RESCHEDULED TO THIS SUNDAY 3/25 at 3PM!
The MDSC is proud to sponsor the screening of Sanctuary for the opening night premiere of the ReelAbilities: Boston Disabilities Film Festival.
And what better way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 3/21 than with this groundbreaking film. The full-length movie features a cast of characters with Down syndrome and other disabilities in realistic, complex roles. It is "a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart."
Please note: This film deals with adult subject matter including sexual relationships and includes some explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised. Complete information on this event here.
6) Extraordinary Stories Conference
On March 24th at the DCU Center, MDSC is proud to hold our 34th Annual Conference. Each spring, over 600 people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals and educators from across New England attend our Annual Conference on Down syndrome. Participants gather to hear the latest research findings and timely information from national and local experts on a range of topics related to Down syndrome. They also share stories, celebrate victories, advocate for acceptance and inclusion, and reunite with other MDSC families. The conference features presentations that will appeal to families with young children through adulthood; families with children who have complex medical needs and autism; and teens and adults with Down syndrome. In addition, there will be presentations that will appeal to educators, medical professionals, and siblings of individuals with Down syndrome. Register here.
And we are excited to share with you this year’s theme: EXTRAORDINARY STORIES! As a community and as individuals we are natural storytellers. This is in part, because people with Down Syndrome across the world are accomplishing incredible feats like:
- climbing the world’s tallest mountains
- performing on the world biggest stages
- and starting their own remarkably successful business in a range of fields from retail to public speaking.
On a local level, too, our loved ones with Down Syndrome have equally remarkable stories to share about how they are learning in classrooms alongside their peers, participating in extracurriculars with their friends, working in their local businesses, advocating for themselves with their lawmakers, and generally, pursuing life to its fullest.
That’s why we chose as our theme for 2018, Extraordinary Stories. Our loved ones with Down Syndrome, each of whom has an extra copy of chromosome 21, not only have stories to tell they have Extraordinary Stories.