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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is an annual global awareness day on March 21 that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. WDSD signifies the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which is the condition known as Down syndrome.

There are so many ways to celebrate WDSD with DSAP and in the community all month long:

  • Take the "Pledge 3-21" and donate $21 a month to sustain DSAP's programming, speaker series, and free resources​​.

  • Penn Station Subs is once again hosting the Round Up for Down Syndrome campaign from March 7-21. All Penn Station stores in the Pittsburgh area are supporting the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh! Grab a bite to eat and make a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome. You'll also have the opportunity to round up your purchase to support DSAP and Penn Station will provide a BOGO small sandwich coupon for a future visit to customers who round up $2 or more. 

  • Thank you to everyone who joined DSAP for our WDSD celebration dances on Saturday, March 16! Check out photos from the dances below:

    • DSAP Rock Your Socks for Down syndrome Dance at COhatch Southside Works - click here to see photos from the event, taken by Dave Hochendoner.

    • Buddy Dance with Best Buddies at Baldwin High School - click here to see photos from the event, taken by Gary Margeson Photography.

  • Join DSAP for a World Down Syndrome Day Yoga class on Sunday, March 24 at Open Up Pittsburgh yoga studio from 11am-12:30pm. This class is open to individuals ages 12 and under and their family members. Click here to RSVP.

  • Purchase your World Down Syndrome Day Swag in DSAP's store. Make sure to allow enough time for printing and shipping.

  • Rock your mismatched Pals Socks and support DSAP with each pair of socks that you purchase! Pals will donate $5 to DSAP for every socks, booties and face masks purchase. Click here to get your Pals Socks!

  • Check out the free recordings and resources shared in our DSAP Speaker Series under DSAP Speaker Series Playback.

  • Encourage your child's class or school to rock their socks for WDSD with this flyer. For a customized flyer, email us at
  • Share one of these coloring pages with your child's teacher or daycare provider.
  • Read a book about Down syndrome to your child's classroom or daycare. Here is a list of suggested titles.
  • Download and use the classroom kit for the book Different by Heather Avis.
  • Perform a random act of kindness in your community, involving people with Down syndrome and their families.
  • Celebrate with your loved one who has Down syndrome with this year's WDSD theme "End the Stereotypes."

Check out last year's DSAP World Down Syndrome Day Celebration and Fashion Show recap below: