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The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today recognised World Down Syndrome Day.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been celebrated all over the world since 2006.
In welcoming the day, the Minister said that the aim of the day is to further create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome. He said “Today there are celebrations in over 100 countries all over the world with an annual conference in the UN in both New York and Geneva in conjunction with the Human Rights Council. The message this year is “Leave No One Behind.”

As part of the celebrations, the Minister will attend two events today. This morning he gives the welcome address at a conference organised by the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability addressing dementia in people with Down Syndrome, while later today, he will launch a new booklet by Down Syndrome Ireland – “More than Medical”.

The Minister added,

“I hope today will raise awareness of Down Syndrome among the general public, of what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome can and do play a vital role in our lives and our communities”.

The Minister also added “It doesn’t seem like a year ago since I launched ‘Who Am I’, a photo exhibition for World Down Syndrome Day in 2018. I’m now looking forward to attending today’s events to mark this very important day.”