World Down Syndrome Day observed at the UN

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World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day and the UN is observing it for the first time by advocating for the rights of those with the condition.

Down syndrome is a genetic abnormality that can cause physical and intellectual impairments.

In his message for the Day, the UN Secretary-General said "for too long, persons with Down syndrome, including children, have been left on the margins of society" and that needs to end.

At the UN, a conference was held where several people spoke out about Down Syndrome including David Egan, who lives with the condition and is an advocate.

"We are building a future for the next generation. That is the theme of this conference and it takes people like you to imagine the possibilities. One of us, not one among us, what does that mean, it means that I am accepted in a group, it means people respect me, they have expectations and they believe in me. It means that people acknowledge that I have skills and that I contribute goals of a business."

World Down Syndrome Day was established by Down Syndrome International in 2006 and has been observed in over 60 countries worldwide to date. It is held on 21 March to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of chromosome 21, which causes the genetic condition.

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