Social Protections for Women, Girls and all those with Down Syndrome in commemoration of International Down Syndrome Awareness Day

On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

March 21, 2019
International Down Syndrome Awareness Day
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

UN Headquarters – Conference Room 2

RSVPs due March 15 at


Video of event


This side event will bring together Down syndrome advocates to discuss the inherent dignity and worth of persons with Down syndrome, their contribution to society in all spheres of life, and the concrete cultural, legal, and policy changes necessary for persons with Down syndrome to reach their full potential.




“Making a Case for Down Syndrome” Karen Gaffney, President, Karen Gaffney Foundation



“Investing in Tomorrow for Persons with Down Syndrome,” Michelle Sie Whitten, President & CEO, Co-Founder, Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education, and Advocacy


“I Won’t Let My Daughter with Down Syndrome Be Defined by A “List,” Deanna Smith, Author, Blogger and Mother of Daughter with Down Syndrome



“A little bit of hope can go a long way – bringing hope and support to couples receiving pre-natal diagnosis of Down Syndrome,” Rick Smith, Founder and President, Hope Story




Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam)