Wear silly socks for World Down Syndrome Day

TULSA, Okla. — Monday March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day, and everyone is encouraged to wear colorful, mismatching socks as part of the “Knock Your Socks Off!” campaign to raise awareness for Down syndrome.

March 21, or 3-21, represents the third replication of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome.

FOX23 talked with the executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa (DSAT), Katy Hough, about the meaning behind wearing mismatched socks.

“Chromosomes look like pairs of socks,” said Hough. “We wear colorful, mismatched socks because we’re saying it’s okay to stand out, it’s okay to be different, and also if it starts a conversation about Down syndrome in the meantime, it’s all the better.”

You can share your silly socks on social media with the hashtags #LotsOfSocks and #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

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DSAT is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance the lives of individual with Down syndrome, their families and communities.

Hough has a 7-year-old son with Down syndrome and she wants him to be accepted.

“My hope for him and for other individuals with Down syndrome is to be included and for other people to know that we’re all individuals,” said Hough. “We might be a little different, and that’s okay.”

DSAT organizes events throughout the year for families in their organization and community members. Their biggest event is the Tulsa Buddy Walk in the fall. Individuals with Down syndrome invite “buddies” to walk them, including family, friends and teachers, to name a few.

Hough said there’s lots of information and research about Down syndrome available for those looking for it.

The National Association for Down Syndrome and the National Down Syndrome Society are two organizations that provide information and resources to families, friends, educators and all sorts of people about Down syndrome.

Hough said one of the best things people can do to learn about Down syndrome is interacting with local organizations and getting to know people who have Down syndrome.

“Support your friends and family who might have a child with Down syndrome. Be there for them and let them know that their child is worth it,” said Hough. “We’re really more alike than different.”