World Down Syn­drome Day

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

World Down Syn­drome Day (WDSD) is ob­served on 21 March ev­ery year. On this day, peo­ple with Down 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 for ad­vo­cat­ing for the rights, in­clu­sion and well be­ing of peo­ple with Down syn­drome.

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.

WDSD was first ob­served in 2006 in many coun­tries around the world and Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion Sin­ga­pore launched and hosted the WDSD web­site from 2006-2010, on be­half of Down Syn­drome In­ter­na­tional, for global ac­tiv­i­ties to be recorded.

On 19 De­cem­ber 2011, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly de­clared 21 March as World Down Syn­drome Day. The Gen­eral As­sem­bly de­cided to “des­ig­nate 21 March as World Down Syn­drome Day, to be ob­served ev­ery year be­gin­ning in 2012;” and “in­vites all Mem­ber States, rel­e­vant or­ga­ni­za­tions of the United Na­tions sys­tem and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as civil so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and the pri­vate sec­tor, to ob­serve World Down Syn­drome Day in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner, in or­der to raise public aware­ness of Down syn­drome;”.

In Bhutan the day was cel­e­brated in Youth Cen­tre un­der at the Depart­ment of Youth and Sports com­plex or­ga­nized by the Abil­ity So­ci­ety Bhutan. The Abil­ity So­ci­ety Bhutan un­der the royal pa­tron­ship of her Majesty the Gyalt­suen has been es­tab­lished to en­hance the qual­ity of life for the in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties by cre­at­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive, mean­ing­ful and in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in or­der for the child to grow into in­de­pen­dent and pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens of Bhutan. The so­ci­ety in part­ner­ship with fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, gov­ern­ment and non gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions has been try­ing to pro­mote the qual­ity of the life and sup­port in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties to per­form some or all the ac­tiv­i­ties of daily ac­tiv­i­ties in or­der to grow in a safe , bar­rier free and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment to be­come an in­de­pen­dent and pro­duc­tive in the so­ci­ety.

The so­ci­ety has been or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous pro­grams which in­cludes train­ing of staff in the cen­ters with the in­di­vid­ual ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram which is child cen­tered with a ap­proach that can ac­cesses the strength of the par­tic­u­lar child and the chal­lenges and help re­quired for the child. The other pro­gram in­cludes the psy­cho- so­cial sup­port to the par­ents and fam­i­lies through the home based in­ter­ven­tions. Fam­ily sup­port pro­gram twice a week, ad­vo­cacy and com­mu­nity out­reach in the me­dia and fund rais­ing are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties amongst oth­ers,

In or­der to sup­port the peo­ple with Down syn­drome in a small so­ci­ety like ours as an in­di­vid­ual we must ad­vo­cate their rights, in­clu­sion and well be­ing .

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