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World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on March 21 every year. It is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.


We’re looking for 50 heroes this year.

Will you be one of them?

Help GiGi’s Playhouse celebrate by committing

to making a recurring monthly or one-time donation.


Be a Hero..

More individuals learning to read and write.

Commit to a recurring $21 monthly donation to GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago.

Your donation will help us keep our educational and therapeutic programming free of charge.   Our programs are free to our families but not free for us to deliver.  For less than a $1 per day, less than a third of the cost of a grande latte, you can make an impact. Specific impacts of your gift may include:

  • More individuals gaining greater self-confidence.
  • More individuals learning to count and increasing math comprehension.
  • More individuals improving their motor skills and social skills.
  • More program development for continued progress and achievement.

The long-term outcomes of your monthly gift are courage, empowerment, and achievement. Ready to make a difference through monthly giving?

Be a Champion..

Make a one-time donation of $321.

Your donation will sponsor an entire year of one-one-one literacy or math tutoring for a child with Down syndrome.  A donation of any amount will help us provide programs and awareness.

Why March 21?

WDSD is on the 21st day of the 3rd month and was selected to signify the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

History of WDSD

WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world.  In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day.

The General Assembly decided to "designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012" and "invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome".