Sinn Féin representative for East Antrim Oliver McMullan has urged the public to celebrate and support World Down Syndrome day on the 21stMarch.
Oliver McMullan said: “The United Nations declared the 21st of March international World Down Syndrome day in 2012 to give the public the opportunity to celebrate the contribution of people with Downs make to our society.
“World Down Syndrome Day should be used to recognise the right of people with Downs to have equality and live a fulfilling life by maximising their potential.
“It is worthwhile marking their contribution and at the same time acknowledging the role that families play in supporting children with Down Syndrome.
“As a father who has a child with Downs I know the pride and joy she brings to our family and local community and it is great to see her participate in society with her different interests.
“It is therefore important that we as a caring society continue to give people with Down Syndrome the equality that each of them deserves and World Down Syndrome Day is the perfect vehicle in which to promote this.
“I would urge the public on the 21st of March to remember that all those children and adults with Down Syndrome in your community it is their day help them to celebrate and I would ask them to wear a pair of brightly coloured socks or take a picture with the official "Lots of Socks" logo which can be accessed from the site www.worlddownsynfromeday.org.”