People should mark World Down Syndrome Day
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said that World Down Syndrome day on Saturday 21st March is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of people with Downs make to our society.
Mr McMullan said,
“World Down Syndrome Day should be used to recognise the right of people with Downs to have equality and live a fulfilling life by maximising their potential.
“More and more people with Downs are going to school, taking up employment and leading more and more normal lives so it is worthwhile marking their contribution and that of their families to our society.
“As the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day coincides with the ‘21'st anniversary year of the ‘International Year of the Family’ I would like to acknowledge the roles that families play in supporting children with Down Syndrome.
“As a father of a child with Down Syndrome I know the pride and joy she brings to our family and local community and it is great to see her participate in society in a greater way than previous generations of children with Downs.
“It is therefore important that we continue to give people with Down Syndrome the equality that each of us deserve and World Down Syndrome Day is the perfect vehicle in which to promote this.
“I would call on people to support the day by wearing a pair of brightly coloured socks or something with the official ‘Lots of Socks’ logo which can be accessed from www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.”