On Thursday, 21st March, annual celebration of “World Down Syndrome” day was held, supporting people with Down Syndrome with their families. The day has been celebrated through colourful rally and discussion meeting to build the awareness among the society as well as within the family members. DRRA participated art competition and rally arranged by ministry and took part in cultural program collaboration with ‘Down Syndrome Society’. This day is also observed by the partner organisations of DRRA in other districts (Chittagong, Dinajpur, Chuadanga, Jhinaidaha & Satkhira)

“World Down Syndrome Day” (also known as WDSD) is a Global Awareness day backed by UN since 2011 is celebrated worldwide linking with organizations & charities developing activities, event to raise awareness and education to support individuals with Down Syndrome.

The 21st day of 3rd March is selected to focus the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome.

The agenda behind celebrating this day is solely to globally aware people on Down Syndrome and how to provide support through education, vocational training, health care and early intervention programs to live a fulfilling life for Down Syndrome individuals.

Although there is no cure for Down Syndrome but specialist have developed ways to improve the condition in order to achieve the level of independence to live a normal live.

However it is essential to educate the skill sets to parents, family and friends, so that they can provide a suitable environment for Down Syndrome individual to thrive.

Like other developed countries the prevalence of Down Syndrome is also increasing in Bangladesh with time and right now the number is near about 2, 00,000. Keep this huge number in mind Bangladesh has also intervened many awareness activities to raise their social status, acceptance, establishment of rights, education, health, safety and employment. But for achieving all of this we need to work in together. In connection with this many organization along with Government is celebrating this day of global awareness with the slogan “Leave No One Behind”.

At the same time Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) is also participating this awareness event by promoting agendas needed to develop the situation with individuals of Down Syndrome. Specially emphasizing on providing information on education, health, empowerment, livelihood for the people and families dealing with Down Syndrome.

Under the supervision of DRRA, LAUGH is taking a bold step in producing a specialize awareness program where individuals with Down Syndrome will be assessed, trained and educated according to their intellectual capability so that they can be provided a sustainable working environment among organizations and companies who are contributing in this cause to provide a means of earning and thus creating an individual independency and livelihood among society.

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