Down’s Syndrome affects approximately 1 in 800 live births all over the world irrespective of race, or economic levels. The syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
Every year the world celebrates World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day during which people with Down’s syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down’s Syndrome.
World Down Syndrome Day is held annually on the 21st March and it was selected because Down’s syndrome is caused by the triplication (represented by the month of March which is the third month of the year) of the 21st chromosome.
In line with its mission, The Inspire Foundation will be holding various events during the whole week in order to raise as much awareness as possible for this cause.
“We believe that everyone has the right to equality and inclusion. Our aim is to help every person with a disability, achieve this” says Nathan Farrugia – Inspire’s CEO.
“We do this through specialised programmes, education, activism and by providing other helpful services to people with Down’s syndrome and other disabilities which will help them reach their full potential.”
Each year the whole world targets a particular aspect of living with Down’s syndrome and this year during awareness week we are campaigning for: Better Health Care for adults with Down’s syndrome.