UPDATE 12/03/2020: The March 21st Celebration at Radisson BLU Hotel Letterkenny has been postponed, new date to be announced in October.
The Donegal Down Syndrome Association has a busy calendar of events planned this month ahead of World Down Syndrome.
On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day.
This date was chosen because, in most cases of Down syndrome, it is caused by having 3 of the 21st chromosomes when everyone else would have a pair.
“We use this day to raise awareness also for all of our members with their families to gather celebrate our children and our friendships we have made,” explained Gina Grant, Donegal Down Syndrome Association.
“We would hope our communities see our family members with DS as valued as everyone else. The extra chromosome doesn’t decide who the person is.
“We are holding a few events to help those who wish to know more.
“These events are not only for those interested in those with Down syndrome the advice will benefit anyone especially those with any intellectual disability.”
All are welcome to attend upcoming events educational/informational seminars/workshops and talks (places are limited, please book online via the links below).
Special guest speakers will include Cecilie MacKinnon from Scotland and an Evening with Dr Daly from Mary Immaculate College, Ireland.