On the occasion of the World Down Syndrome Day, President Pendarovski sent the following message:
World Down Syndrome Day, the 21st day of the third month, as a symbol of the three copies of chromosome 21 in people with Down Syndrome, is just one in the series of occasions that reminds us of what we have done for people living with this condition and what are the future steps we need to take to ensure their equal and quality life.
I am convinced that by continuously raising public awareness and strengthening inclusive services, we can enable our fellow citizens with Down Syndrome to have a filled life, based on equality and non-discrimination.
Let us break down stereotypes, focus on the functionality and skills development of people with Down Syndrome, in order to give them space in our common society.
In order to smoothly integrate people with Down Syndrome into society, we need planned and coordinated implementation of the activities of all stakeholders: state institutions, health facilities, educational institutions, social centers and civil society organizations.
I express my unreserved support to all parents and families of people with Down Syndrome, and gratitude to all institutions and individuals involved in their educational process, medical care and social protection.
Our attitude towards people with disabilities is yet another test of the declarative commitment to building an inclusive society in which human rights and freedoms are equally enjoyed.