50 Mums 50 Kids 1 Extra Chromosome for World Down Syndrome Day

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This carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”. Watch 50 Mums 50 Kids 1 Extra Chromosome for World Down Syndrome Day, it’s lovely:

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The mums in the video are all part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes” created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.

The “50 Mums 50 Kids 1 Extra Chromosome” video was originally inspired by Singing Hands – a UK organisation whose videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.

World Down Syndrome Day 21 March

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) takes place on 21 March and is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages people all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Why 21 March?

The date for WDSD is the 21st day of the 3rd month, chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

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