As countries across the globe celebrated World Down Syndrome Day today March 21, plans are afoot to raise awareness about the condition in Barbados.
Spokesperson of the newly formed Barbados Down Syndrome Support Group and Association, Asha Alleyne-Renwick, says one of the aims of the group is to promote the acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome locally.
“We want to celebrate the many gifts of individuals with Down Syndrome, recognizing that it is our own unique gifts that make us who we are,” she said.
Alleyne-Renwick explained that the support group hopes to reach out to parents, family members and individuals who have a person with Down Syndrome in their lives.
“There are families in Barbados going about their normal lives where one of the family members, be it a child or an adult, has Down Syndrome. We look forward to joining hands with these families as we share similar experiences, provide support and advice as we seek to provide the best quality of life possible for individuals with Down Syndrome.”
The support group can be contacted at 262-9732.
World Down Syndrome Day was established in 2006 by Down Syndrome International with the goal of raising awareness and mobilizing support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well-being
of people with Down Syndrome across the world. It was officially adopted by the United Nations in 2012. The date chosen for celebrating World Down Syndrome Day – the 21st day of the third month – is symbolic of the third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterises the condition