Monday, March 21 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.

Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome and those who support equal rights and inclusion grows louder and louder. During March 21 Down Syndrome International encourages friends from all over the world to undertake activities and events that help spread awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it is like to have Down syndrome and how individuals with Down syndrome play a vital role in our communities.

World Down Syndrome Day is coming up quickly but have no fear – there is still lots of time to help raise awareness on March 21. Entrust has complied a list of 5 meaningful ways to get involved with WDSD. The best part? These ideas don’t take up too much time and are FUN!

1. Use the hashtag #MyFriendsMyCommunity.

Join us and other supporters on World Down Syndrome Day by taking a stance and saying “My Friends, My Community.” Share your ideas, insights and stories on the benefits of inclusive environments. 

2. Wear #lotsofsocks.

One way to generate conversation is by standing out from the crowd (in this case with vibrant coloured socks). Whether you order official WDSD merchandise or find your own vivid socks; people will undoubtedly ask you about your attire. This is a fun way to tell people about World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and why you support it. 

3. Paint your nails blue.

The Blue Nail Crew campaign is a community-driven initiative to help raise awareness on WDSD. Much like the #lostofsocks campaign, the idea is to stand out from the crowd with a bold statement that people will likely ask you about. This is another opportunity to help change the conversation and break down assumptions, stereotypes and educate the public. Learn more about how to participate.

4. Have a dance party.

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has designed “Dance on 3/21” posters and put together some great ideas and tips for a dance party. Whether it’s a quick dance break at your office or school, or a full blown party all night long, there is no better reason to get people together and dance! Make sure that you tweet your dance party with the hashtag #SeeTheAbility!

5. Engage in a random act of kindness.

International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC) in encouraging individuals to raise awareness through random acts of kindness on March 21. Visit IDSC RAK 2016 to access a list of acts of kindness, instructions on how to engage in productive conversation, and postcards to hand out after you perform your kind act.