What is the theme for Down Syndrome Day 2022?

What is World Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. 

The date for WDSD is the 21st day of the 3rd month. This date was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Why get involved?

WDSD is a unique annual opportunity for the global Down syndrome community to connect.

We connect so that we can:

•         Share ideas, experiences and knowledge,

•         Empower each other to advocate for equal rights for people with Down syndrome, and

•         Reach out to key stakeholders to bring about positive change.

Join in with us to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and advocate for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome on 21 March.

Lots of Socks 2022

The aim of the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign is to raise awareness of Down syndrome among the community, as well as raise funds for Down Syndrome Australia. The idea behind the ‘Lots of Socks’ initiative is acceptance of all our differences, and what makes us unique as an individual.

Socks come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, just like each of us. This year’s design has been selected through a national competition held by Down Syndrome Australia.

About our socks

The sock designs have been selected through a national competition held by DSA, and the winners were judged by the national Down Syndrome Advisory Network (DSAN). 

Winning artists Mark Polonsky (VIC) left sock and Josie McAndrew (NSW) right sock incorporated an Australiana theme, with Mark’s design inspired by his love for animals and Josie’s a tribute to Australian music legend Keith Urban. 

Join us by wearing something people will ask you about so that you can tell them all about WDSD and get your day care, school, college, university, work, or other groups involved.

Purchasing your socks

Socks represent inclusion, acceptance, and diversity within our community and are a great way for you to show you support for Down syndrome.   

Purchasing your socks is easy and can be done in seconds via your mobile device. 

Options include purchasing individual pairs, priced at $12.50 per pair, or a display box of 9 pairs at $115.00, which can be on-sold as a fundraising activity. All prices exclude postage.

Fundraising for Lots of Socks

Fundraising through the sale of socks is an easy and popular way to support the Down syndrome community.  

Simply purchase your box of socks through the Down Syndrome Australia shop for $115 per box, excluding postage.  

Boxes include 9 pairs of socks (2 Kids, 3 Small Adults, 4 Large Adults), packed into a display box which can be placed in a central location for your fundraising campaign.

Socks can then be on-sold to members of your community to recover the purchase price of the socks.

Proceeds for each sale are dedicated to Down Syndrome Queensland to continue their valuable work in providing support, advocacy, and empowering people with Down syndrome now and into the future.

For World Down Syndrome Day 2022, we are asking:

What does inclusion mean?



Together we can empower people around the world to advocate for full inclusion in society for people with Down syndrome and for everyone.


What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition.

The best people to answer many questions about Down syndrome are people with Down syndrome, so over to them…


Get involved!

Every year we encourage people with Down syndrome, families, advocates, professionals and organisations to observe WDSD with your own activities.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Your story

Your voice counts!

We want to hear what you have to say and share your words with the world.


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Put some colour on your feet!

Get noticed and start a conversation about #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

You can get involved or buy your socks at our #LotsOfSocks website.


Become a World Down Syndrome Advocate!

Join Down Syndrome International (DSi) in our campaign to create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Each year the voices of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.


What is the theme for Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day 2022: Theme This year, the theme for World Down Syndrome Day is “Inclusion Means”. The United Nations in the general principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) calls for “full and effective participation and inclusion in society”.

What is the Colour for Down syndrome?

Color it Blue and Yellow: The colors for Down Syndrome awareness are blue and yellow. Wearing blue and/or yellow clothing or lighting something up with blue and yellow colors helps bring awareness to the cause.

What is March 21 Down Syndrome Day?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is an annual March 21 celebration and global awareness day officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. March 21 (3/21) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. The theme for 2022 WDSD is inclusion.

What is the Down syndrome Awareness symbol?

Wear a Blue & Yellow Ribbon during the month of October to show your support for Down Syndrome Awareness. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and a chance for you to show support for people with Down syndrome by wearing a ribbon.