Wear mismatched stockings to raise awareness about Down syndrome

Wear mismatched stockings to raise awareness about Down's syndrome

On this World Day of Down's Syndrome, the Regroupement pour la Trisomy 21 (RT21) is once again launching its campaign < em>Opération Bas Dépareillés, with the aim of raising public awareness of trisomy 21 and the “difference”.

It’s in 2015 that the group Down Syndrome International (DSI) created this campaign, which will then be relayed in Quebec with the RT21. The principle? Put on colorful mismatched stockings and post a picture of yourself with the stockings on social media using the hashtags #allinclusive and #JMT21. At the same time, the organization encourages the public to make donations on its website.

“This symbolic gesture makes it possible to support people living with trisomy 21 and to encourage inclusion and difference, by fighting against the discrimination and social exclusion they may face”, can we read in a press release from the Montreal organization.

This year, it is the actress Chantal Fontaine who is the spokesperson for the campaign, she who has been godmother of the RT21 organization for nearly 30 years.

I have been involved with RT21 for many years, to continue to raise awareness of the cause and allow people with Down's syndrome to flourish and to dream.

Chantal Fontaine, actress, campaign spokesperson and sponsor of RT21

An interactive virtual conference will take place on March 21 at 7 p.m., free and open to all, with the aim of learning more and demystify trisomy 21.

What is trisomy 21?

Trisomy 21, also called Down syndrome, is a congenital condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome on the 21st pair of chromosomes. It is not an illness; trisomy 21 cannot be caught or cured.

In people with trisomy 21, there are characteristics such as cognitive delay as well as distinctive anatomical characteristics that vary from person to person. the other. The incidence is approximately one case per 770 births. This increases with maternal age. Trisomy 21 is generally not hereditary, but random.

Source: The Regroupement pour la Trisomie 21 (RT21), brochure 21 questions on trisomy 21.

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