Deputy premier recognises World Down Syndrome Day

| 21/03/2013

wdsd-logo.gif(CNS): Deputy premier and education Minister, Rolston Anglin, recognised World Down Syndrome Day this week in a statement issued by government information services. March 21st was the eighth anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, which was formally established by Down Syndrome International. The United Nations has officially observed World Down Syndrome Day since 2012. Anglin said, “People with Down syndrome, just like all persons with disabilities, deserve the same respect, rights and opportunities as everyone else.  They are people that we can learn from and be inspired by."

The deputy premier added, "For example people with Down syndrome have some amazing talents as we have seen with stars such as Kanza Bodden who is a Special Olympian and has represented our country proudly on the world stage of sports, in particular swimming.“

The goal of World Down Syndrome Day is to increase awareness of the condition as well as the achievements and challenges of its sufferers, also focussing on how others can help.

In his statement the deputy premier applauded Miss Annie Marie Gray, artist, support aid at the Lighthouse School and sister of a brother with Down syndrome. He said, “I am delighted to see that one of our own has taken it upon herself to organize the first ever Cayman Islands Down Syndrome Day fundraiser and celebrations.” 

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21 and is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans.  According to the United Nations, “Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.” 

Anglin said that this was “also true for us here in Cayman”, adding “this condition exists here and we have several individuals with Down Syndrome that live in our community.”

The Ministry of Education, Financial Services and Employment provides services through the Sunrise Adult Training Centre for adults with disabilities including those with Down syndrome. The Lighthouse School provides educational services for children with Down syndrome.

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