World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2008 Kyron No Comments

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. Did you know that today was specifically chosen because Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) is caused by a triplication (3) of the 21st chromosome (21) hence 3/21. Brilliantly subtle if you ask me. I learned this by reading an article written by an Australian Senator Sue Boyce. As the mother of an adult daughter with Down Syndrome it’s understandable why this is an day of interest to her. It is a well written piece worth a read. Please check it out by clicking here.

Unfortunately it is true that for every well informed individual in power, there must be someone in another position of power who attempts to undo that goodness and intelligence with small mindedness. Apparently University of North Carolina’s Professor Albert Harris is that opposite force to Senator Boyce’s sound voice. I am guessing you are all wondering on this special occasion remembering Down Syndrome why I would include an article such as this. It’s just this very reason that I’m including it. You need to read it as much as you needed to read the one by Senator Boyce. Click here and read it.

We’ve come a long way. It’s not that many years ago where a World Down Syndrome Day would never have stood a chance. For all that progress, we have an incredibly long way to go. Make no mistake that just like Keith P. Jones said – Disability is the final frontier in civil rights, the last great struggle. Professor Albert Harris’ irresponsible statements in a science class prove that very point. Celebrating days like World Down Syndrome Day to me is summed up wonderfully by Senator Boyce:

The theme chosen for this year’s World Down Syndrome Day is “Aim High Enough”.

It’s from a piece of advice that an old villager gave Langdon Down and that he passed on to his medical students: “My lad, you take your aim; be sure you aim high enough. That’s the thing – aim high enough.”

As a society, we owe it to ourselves to ensure that we are never satisfied that we have aimed high enough in supporting people with Down syndrome into the mainstream.

For more information you can visit the National Down Syndrome Society

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