World Down Syndrome Day On March 21

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Every year on March 21 organisations around the world celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. The date was chosen to signify the uniqueness of Down Syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome and is used synonymously with Down Syndrome. Since the inaugural launch of WDSD on March 21, 2006 in Singapore, it has grown into a truly world-wide celebration.

The objective of WDSD is to promote awareness and understanding of Down Syndrome and related issues and to mobilize support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well being of persons with Down Syndrome. The desired outcome of WDSD is to highlight the potentials and abilities of people with Down Syndrome to be an integral part of an inclusive community. There are many ways organizations around the world celebrate this day, some of which include raising funds and advocating for those with Down Syndrome, charity run/walk, pot luck with games and activities, press conference highlighting the condition, just to name a few.

To mark WDSD, the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation (KDSF) Ipoh Centre is holding an open day on March 19. KDSF Ipoh Centre is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. It was set up in 2006 to cater to the needs of children below 7 years old. Initiated by the Kiwanis Club of Bandaraya Ipoh, it implements the Early Intervention Programme (EIP), a special needs programme run in a kindergarten-like environment. The programme emphasizes the following areas: self-help skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech and language development, social development, perceptual-cognitive skills and pre-academic skills. The KDSF Ipoh Centre is one of 7 centres around the country.

During the open day, we hope to create greater awareness in first-time parents and members of the public that children with Down Syndrome are educable from as early as 2 months old. We would like to give everyone the opportunity to understand and familiarize themselves with the services and facilities that we offer. The programmes in use at the centre are adapted from the curriculum devised by Robert Deller, a noted clinical psychologist.

Contact details:
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Ipoh Centre
2, Persiaran Bercham Selatan 27, Taman Sri Kurau, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-5468386 Email: ipcentre@kdsf.org.my     Web: www.kdsf.org.my
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