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Let’s get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day in Andover

What is Down’s syndrome?

Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition. Down’s syndrome usually occurs because of a chance happening at the time of conception.

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

On 21 March 2018, they ask us to wear #LotsOfSocks, so that people ask us why so that we can tell them  to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Local events

Some local schools are supporting this so check with your childs school so that your children can join in.

Totcity are holding an oddsocks day, more details can be read here

Jiggy wrigglers are encouraging everyone who to go to their classes to join in as well.

Local support

Donna Jackson is a local Andover mum who is an inspirational campaigner, and mum who has turned a challenging situation into something far greater. After finding out that her daughter Frankie has Down’s Syndrome, Donna created a Facebook page Frankie says Relax about T21. She offers support to others and to strive to raise money and help educate people about Down’s Syndrome.

Andover Twenty1 is a group that meet monthly in Andover for support. They have a closed facebook page which you can join here and find out more about all that they have to offer.

This is a great project which has been put together for World Down Syndrome Day 2018!

50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome

Delighted to have been part of this great project for World Down Syndrome Day 2018! Please share as far and wide as you can to spread the message. This video is a carpool karaoke style lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day featuring 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri's multi-platinum selling track, "A Thousand Years". The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as "Designer Genes" created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they #wouldntchangeathing.The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands – a UK organisation who's videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.With thanks to the artist Christina Perri for her support and Singing Hands for the original concept.#wdsd18Also available on YouTube:

Publié par Jamie McCallum sur mercredi 14 mars 2018









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