World Health Organization (WHO) and the General Assembly of the United Nations recognized March 21 as the World Down Syndrome Day, inviting society at large to observe that day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21.
Indeed, on that day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize 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.
This year, at Haigazian University, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Society (SBSS) joined that global movement by inviting five young women with Down Syndrome to come and spend some time on campus, along with their coach. The goal of this activity was to assert Haigazian’s firm conviction of the inclusion of people with disability in mainstream society and to promote a more accurate general perception of what Down Syndrome is, away from myths and faulty information, and to encourage interaction between University students and their peers with Down Syndrome.
The five special guests attended two lectures that had been especially adapted to fit their needs and interests, and were joyfully escorted by several students for a stroll around campus to finally land in the university cafeteria for refreshments.