Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the importance of World Down Syndrome Day:
“Officially observed by the United Nations since 2012, this day encourages communities to recognize and celebrate contributions by people with Down syndrome.
“Down syndrome occurs regardless of social, economic, cultural, religious or racial backgrounds. It is estimated to be present in about one in 800 births in Canada.
“People with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome, which results in developmental differences that affect their learning style. All people with Down syndrome learn, develop and achieve. In fact, the greatest challenges for many individuals with Down syndrome are perceptions that underestimate their potential and abilities.
“With the right support, many people with Down syndrome attend mainstream schools, pass exams, work at jobs they enjoy, and live full, semi-independent lives.
“World Down Syndrome Day 2020 encourages people with Down syndrome to tell the world ‘We Decide.’ Everyone with Down syndrome should have the opportunity to fully participate in their communities. In fact, effective and meaningful participation is a core human rights principle supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“Fundamentally, World Down Syndrome Day is about inclusion. It’s about respect. It’s about human rights. I encourage everyone to think about that, and show support for our neighbours with Down syndrome this day and every day of the year. ”