Join the Socks Challenge
that celebrates human uniqueness.
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What is the Socks Challenge?
#SocksChallenge is held every year on 21 March and is associated with World Down Syndrome Day. On this day, two different socks are worn to celebrate human uniqueness.
All those who want to show solidarity and support people with Down syndrome and their families are welcome to join the challenge. At the same time, this campaign helps spread awareness that human individuality makes this world more beautiful, colourful, interesting, and inspiring.
How can I join?
All you have to do is put on two mismatched socks on 21 March,
take a photo, and share it on your social media with the hashtag
This is how we can spread the message together.
Treat yourself while helping others
From each pair of socks sold in March, we will donate a financial contribution to support people with Down syndrome.
Last year, our massive information campaign Socks Challenge reached more than 700,000 people, supported the Slovakian Down Syndrome Association with € 8,000, and donated another € 2,533 to the organization Down Syndrome International.
This year we want to donate 10% of our March sales of socks to raise awareness and support people with Down syndrome. Our goal is to raise awareness of Down syndrome even further and to contribute € 20,000 this year. We want to support the Slovakian Down Syndrome Association, and the organizations Down Syndrome International and the European Down Syndrome Association, which provide support to organizations in other countries through information, education, coordination, and other projects.
We believe that these contributions will help improve the integration and life of people with Down syndrome.
The date of 21 March is also symbolic because people with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome number 21. They have three instead of two. This genetic disorder is therefore also called Trisomy 21.
Although they have something extra, they do not brag about it!
Thanks to the Socks Challenge, there is much more talk about people with Down syndrome. However, there is still the problem of their normal integration into society. So let’s break the ice and stop being afraid of the unknown. Everyone can be helpful. Let’s try to raise awareness, and remove barriers and prejudices together.
Where can this be done?
When announcing the diagnosis before or after the birth of a child with Down syndrome
If you are a doctor, a paramedic, or a psychologist who has some advice on how to communicate the child's diagnosis with parents in a way that helps them accept this reality, share your experiences with your colleagues.
When accepting a child with Down syndrome into the family
Family is essential. Knowing that your loved one is standing by your side gives tremendous strength and makes even difficult situations a bit easier to handle. Share the experiences of how your family accepted a child with Down syndrome and how it enriched you.
When admitting children with Down syndrome to kindergarten, primary, secondary school, or vocational school
It is important that children with Down syndrome are given a chance to focus on what they enjoy while studying. If a child with DS gets to a regular primary school, he or she may not be able to handle the grammar, multiplication, or decimal numbers, but this should not be a reason to stop attending school and missing the opportunity to take English, chemistry, history, or biology classes if the child enjoys these. They may even be able to learn these subjects in a way that would surprise others.
Teachers, share your experiences related to educating and integrating children with Down syndrome with your colleagues. Think not only about what a child with DS may require in class but also what it can bring – to both you and other students. Let's teach the children to accept otherness. Educational professionals, competent staff, and government officials – let's think about whether our fields of study fit the current labour market.
Upon integration to the society
People with Down syndrome are people just like us, why look at them through a different lens? We can accept them among us in many ways. In Dedoles, for example, we decided to include people with DS among our models so that they could showcase our Dedoles products. Share your stories and talk about the experiences you have with people with Down syndrome.
Upon entering old age and retirement
This is a topic that no one wants to talk about, but it belongs to our lives. Share your experiences and think about how each of us can help.
When hiring an adult with Down syndrome
If someone with Down Syndrome is able to work and wants to work, it would be reasonable to give them the opportunity. However, the employer should take into account that their performance will probably not be at the same level as that of an employee without a disability. Employing a person with DS can have various benefits – a positive impact on your colleagues (they can create a friendly atmosphere in the office 😊), on your customers, clients (it turned out that people want to use the services provided by people with DS because it's different and they feel good about it) or on your company (because its welcoming approach can be positively perceived by the public).
If a person with DS gets a job in an area that "fits" them, their performance might be even better than that of their colleagues. But first, they need a chance to work, even if only for 2 or 4 hours a day.
What would happen if people with Down syndrome ruled the world?
– We would learn to enjoy the little things and love life unconditionally.
– People would be sincere.
– Everything would be neat and organized.
– Trains and planes would run on time, working hours would be for work, and holidays would be holidays.
– People who talk to themselves would be considered thoughtful and creative.
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