World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on March 21. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
Helping to spread a positive message about the genetic condition through the lives they live has always been important to 3 of the people we support. These three, one gentleman and two ladies, have been living in their own home for more than 15 years. During this time they have not only created a beautiful home to live in but have made a positive contribution to their local community and beyond.
Locally they have secured employment in various settings; taken part in raising the awareness of learning disability through videos and public speaking, held fund raising events and given families a personal insight into what the future could look like for their siblings by welcoming them into their homes. They and some of their parents shared their own life stories with the families. One parent commented “you’ve given me the reassurance that my daughter can live a more independent life. Thank you so much”.
The emphasis for Catholic Care is not on the syndrome but on the individual and their potential. We want people to be safe, healthy and happy and, to give them the opportunity to fulfil their dreams just as anyone deserves.