The Maryland Catholic Conference will join with The Arc Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities to recognize World Down Syndrome Day 2019 on March 21.
World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Maryland first recognized the day in 2018.
"On March 21, we will be celebrating the day with recognition by the Senate, House of Delegates, and the Hogan Administration in honor of persons with Down syndrome, their families, and the organizations that support them," said Greg Snyder, associate director with the Conference. "We are welcoming advocates, persons with Down syndrome, and their families to join us in Annapolis as our state joins with communities across the world to honor this day and to stand up for the inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome."
The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
To learn more about World Down Syndrome Day, visit: www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org.