“On this day, let us reaffirm that persons with Down syndrome are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

March 21, 2013 marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down Syndrome International invites everyone across the world to wear lots of socks to raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). “We want to get people talking about WDSD on 21 March, and we can do this if we all wear socks…BUT NOT JUST ANY SOCKS…brightly coloured socks, mismatched socks, long socks, printed socks.”

One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year.

The Bay Area Christian Church believes in helping and serving our communities all across the Bay Area with the hopes of building an inclusive society. This weekend we are sponsoring our first inclusive free movie night for teens and adults with disabilities.

We have also been serving the community over thirteen years year round through our “E,” Exceptional Children’s Programs, such as E-Soccer.  Our “E” program’s principle is built on inclusion – the focus on uniting children with and without neurological disorders or developmental delays on the same team to learn and grow together.

Join us tomorrow to spread awareness and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!