World Down Syndrome Day | Global Down Syndrome Foundation

World Down Syndrome Day

Friday, March 18
10:00am – 12:00pm
West Steps, Colorado Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203

Every year the Global Down Syndrome Foundation organizes self-advocates and their families for a World Down Syndrome Day photo on the steps of the Colorado Capitol with Governor John Hickenlooper as a show of unity and support for improving the lives of people with Down syndrome.

Each year features updates on Global, research at the Crnic Institute and medical care at the Sie Center. The morning will include:

  • Photo Op with the Governor and state representatives
  • Announcement of our $1 million research awardees
  • Continental breakfast and light refreshments

Down syndrome awareness has been celebrated on March 21 around the world by various Down syndrome organizations. March 21 (3/21) is a representation or a symbol of the genetic make-up of Down syndrome – three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two.

The idea of a World Down Syndrome Day began when Dr. Balbir Singh in Singapore publically called for a day in which people with Down syndrome would be celebrated and advocated. Soon thereafter, Stylianos E. Antonarakis, a renowned scientist and Down syndrome researcher, formally proposed March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day to Down Syndrome International. With events organized by the Sikh Community, Down Syndrome International, and local community groups, the first World Down Syndrome Day was officially launched in Singapore on March 21, 2006. Hundreds of organizations worldwide now celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

View photos from World Down Syndrome Day.

Discover the United Nations’ recognition of World Down Syndrome Day.