Down syndrome charity event held in Tashkent
On April 20, 2017, a charity event in Tashkent commemorated World Down Syndrome Day, an observance that is crucial to increasing public awareness of people with the disorder and fighting discrimination against them.
The event organized by ‘Umnichka’ Center for Children’s Development brought together around 150 families with children with Down syndrome, as well as representatives of governmental, international and public organizations, culture professionals and pop stars.
The event sought to carry the message that families were now saying no to the concept “Take pity on us; we have children with special needs” and adopting the stance “our children are wonderful and they can do everything.” And so they can because that day parents and their children put up a program full of exciting activities: children’s fashion shows as well as music and dance performances. The children were also entertained by animators and participated in clay modeling, dancing, cooking and art workshops.
Down syndrome continues to be the most prevalent chromosomal disorder. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, which is about 1 in every 700 babies born. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about people with Down syndrome and prejudice is rife. People with this condition are considered to have a severe cognitive disability. Practice, however, demonstrates that children with the health condition may be taught skills and become active members of society.