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Media Advisory – March 21, 2014

Media Advisory

Circle 21 Coordinates Canada’s 3rd Annual Celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

(Toronto, Ontario) March 21st, 2014. March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day.

The date (3/21) is significant as the genetic condition Down syndrome (DS) results from a triplication of the 21st chromosome. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of this condition affecting 1 in 691 babies born in Canada each year. Over 35,000 Canadians have Down syndrome.

Circle 21 will coordinate Canada’s 3rd annual celebration of World Down Syndrome Day with an inspiring evening event, 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Artscape Wychwood Barn (601 Christie Avenue, Toronto, ON). This highly attended event will host hundreds of people, including people with Down syndrome. Media are welcome to attend. This event is supported by Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynn, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David Onley and Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford.

The event features:

  • The global unveiling of the Circle 21 book with Trina Hoadley Photography entitled “Down Syndrome: A Whole New World of Perfect”, an inspirational collection of photos and quotes from the perspective of parents, grandparents and siblings of how Down syndrome has impacted their lives.
  • The Canadian premier of the German short film 46/47 by Nadine Heinze and Marc Dietschreit ( 46/47 dares to attempt to show the world “from the other side”. Everyone has Down syndrome. Those with only 46 chromosomes are considered “handicapped”.
  • Guest speakers representing the medical community, Special Olympics, Sol Express, DramaWay, self-advocates and the new sensation Cristina’s Tortina Shop (employing individuals with Down syndrome).
  • The announcement of Canada’s first comprehensive medical and developmental clinic initiative for children with Down syndrome hosted out of the Hospital for SickKids.

This event will be attended by the who’s who from the Down syndrome community from across Canada including: Dr. David Chitayat, world renowned Geneticist, and many organizations that support individuals with Down syndrome.

Karen Blott and Leslie Diening co-founded Circle 21 in 2012. Both Moms to 4 children and each with their youngest child surprising them by being born with Down syndrome, Circle 21 has become a global phenomenon and an overnight success story. Circle 21’s Facebook page has connected the global community with over 109,000 people following them from over 50 countries (

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Karen Meredith Blott / Leslie Diening: