Today is one of my very favorite days of the year. 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day. I hope that many of my readers’ lives have been touched as deeply mine has by individuals with a bonus chromosome!

Today is a day to celebrate these special lives and the families that support them, and here are some resources to help you do so in your Spanish classes:

Here is the story of a catering company in Argentina:


Here are two articles that I have pulled from past issues of EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS–available for FREE in honor of this special occasion!

And more ideas from Elvira Rebate:

Here is a poster with instructions for how to participate in Mismatched Socks Day (at my son’s school, they did Crazy Socks Day instead)–your students can use the hashtag to post pics of their mismatched socks online:


“En este día, llevar calcetines desparejados nos sirve para reconocer que todos somos diferentes.”

…y otro video:


And from Andrea Giganti; great for upper levels:

“Tú puedes ser lo que quieras ser”

16 replies on “World Down Syndrome Day–for Spanish classes!

  1. Thanks for making me cry right before class!! But seriously, thanks so much for sharing this…it’s beautiful…and oddly, the article about the Guatemalan fashion designer is AWESOME because I’m using a Newsela Carlos Campos (Honduran immigrant designer) article to teach preterite and imperfect…so that’s a neat connection!!! You always have THE BEST resources, Martina…keep up your excellent work!!! Sacas muy buenas notas en mi “libro”…

    1. Newsela: Is there a Comprehensible Input Spanish teacher that could share about how they use the resource Newsela? Or give a brief overview of how to use it in the Comprehensible Input classroom? My district is encouraging us to use this resource.

      1. Have you seen my publication, EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS? It is more comprehensible than Newsela’s easiest level. I’ll look up my blog post on how to use news….

  2. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I plan to share the video in class and would like to see the articles. However, I cannot access them. It seems the word or words to the link are not “hot.”

  3. It’s a super interesting story…. I teach my French students about how DS was identified- it’s the first every genetic anomoly and was identified by a female scientist- Marthe Gautier in 1950’s. Her research was claimed/stolen by the man who ran the research facility- Jerome Le Jeune. After 50 years, in 2014, at the age of 85, she was finally going to get credit for her work, but the police showed up and blocked her from getting the award. So the question remains: To whom does the research belong.

    As the mother of a child with DS, I started researching it, not knowing that there was a French connection. Thanks for sharing this post.

  4. Que bello! Lo repartiria con mi clase pero es que !no podria parar de llorar! Muchas gracias de parte de los que tenemos un miembro de la familia con Syndrome de down, y de parte de los que queremos a una persona con Sd.
    !Te queremos mucho!

  5. Thank you for sharing these resources! My students enjoyed them, and so did I. I have a child with disabilities, so that made the information even more encouraging.

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