In Plaza 9 de Julio, parents of children with Down syndrome, in collaboration with the GUS Foundation, carried out activities to commemorate and raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day. The activity was joined by the Minister of Government, Human Rights and Labor, Ricardo Villada, to accompany the community in the objective of awareness and visibility.
“We need to understand that we are diverse and that we have to accept each other. Today a group of parents makes this effort and somehow we all have to accompany them. The creation of a better world must be based on acceptance and inclusion because, ultimately, the world is for everyone and by everyone,” said the official who, together with the Secretary of Government, Rodrigo Monzo and the owner of the foundation Gustavo FishermanThey urged citizens to come to the stand located in the Plaza to have a free breakfast and talk about Down Syndrome.
At the meeting, which was also attended by paramedics and in which recreational activities for integration were carried out, the Minister highlighted the value of the parents whom he described as “colossal”, for their dedication and the enormous effort they make so that “they do not nothing is missing and they can feel integrated and loved”.
The Estribando Esperanzas Foundation and the Clowns Mediquín Foundation also participated.
What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic alteration that can be detected during pregnancy, through a specific ultrasound that must be performed at week 12 of gestation. This ultrasound allows to detect chromosomal abnormalities that indicate the presence of the disorder.
The UN states that “Down syndrome has always been part of the human condition, exists in all regions of the world and usually has variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.”
It also maintains that “adequate access to health care, early intervention programs and inclusive education, as well as adequate research, are vital for the growth and development of the person.”