Thank You to everyone who took part in World Down Syndrome Day 2016! 

Monday 21 March 2016 marked the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events 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.

We shared your WDSD World Events before 21 March and your WDSD Stories after 21 March on our dedicated WDSD website in a single global meeting place.



#MyFriendsMyCommunity - The benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults

Encouraging persons with Down syndrome to say #MyFriendsMyCommunity, we asked everyone to respond to our call by sharing it and show the world how persons with Down syndrome live and participate in the community alongside family, friends, peers and the public. You could show this simply by sharing details of WDSD activities or by photos, messages, quotes from friends or in any way you choose, using the hash tag #MyFriendsMyCommunity as well as #WDSD16. 

Our WDSD Global Video Event and WDSD Conference both explored this important area of focus.

Download our WDSD 2016 - Social Media Package.


People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.

But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.   

On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.



Once again in 2016, we invited everyone across the world to wear LOTS OF SOCKS on 21 March to get people talking about WDSD.

LOTS OF SOCKS logo socks and t-shirts, together with WDSD t-shirts, were available from our WDSD Merchandise online shop.

Going forward, the WDSD Awards will be presented every 3 years, with the next announcement on 21 March 2017. Nominations will be considered from 1 April 2016.  

You can also join us on our various WDSD Social Media channels.


Feel free to download our posters below or contact our International Office if you would like printed copies and fundraising packs:

WDSD General Poster 

WDSD "My Friends, My Community" Poster

Lots of Socks General Poster

Lots of Socks Socks Poster


Whatever you did, together we created a very loud single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March!