Toronto, March 15, 2017 – Surrey Place Centre is proud to join millions around the world Tuesday March 21, 2017 in celebrating and raising awareness about Down syndrome in honour of World Down Syndrome Day.
“The goal of the day is to get people talking, raise awareness and understanding, and to promote the fundamental rights of people with Down syndrome,” says Steven Finlay, Chief Executive Officer of Surrey Place Centre. World Down Syndrome Day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. To date, the event has been observed in over 60 countries worldwide. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st day of the third month of the year; the date is symbolic of the third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down syndrome.
Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. This year’s theme “My Voice, My Community” is about enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community.
“It is central that we support and provide environments in our community that encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to integrate successfully with their peers,” says Mr. Finlay. “People with Down syndrome and other disabilities break down barriers every single day. When children, youth and adults are given opportunities to live, play, work and participate alongside their friends and peers, friendships, acceptance, respect, and high expectations are created.”
Banners promoting Down syndrome awareness and support are on display at all our Surrey Place Centre offices. We also have information on how you can raise awareness, including ways you can show your support on social media, available on the Surrey Place Centre website.
“Join us in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day; it is the best way for the community to learn, understand, come together and demonstrate their unconditional support for people with Down syndrome,” says Mr. Finlay.
Information on How You Can Get Involved:
- Update your social media banner image. Change your Facebook cover photo and your Twitter header photo from March 15 – March 21, 2017.
- Participate in our Twibbon Campaign. Add the Twibbon image to your social media profile from March 15 – March 21, 2017 and ask your friends to do the same
- Tweet about WDSD. Using the hashtag #SPCelebrate, tweet and tell us:
- How you spread awareness about Down syndrome
- Why you spread awareness about Down syndrome
- The benefits of inclusive environments for children, youth and adults with Down syndrome
- Promote our information resources. Read, download and share:
For more information, please visit www.surreyplace.on.ca.
About Surrey Place Centre
Surrey Place Centre provides specialized clinical services that are responsive to individual need and which promote health and well-being. In addition to the direct service role, the Centre facilitates system-wide access to information and supports. Our leadership in research, evaluation and education is directed toward advancing knowledge and practice in the field and building the capacity of service systems. As an organization we are committed to supporting the social inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, as well as young children challenged with visual impairments. For more information, please visit www.surreyplace.on.ca.