World Down Syndrome Day is being observed Saturday with events in Arkansas and throughout the country.
Typically, a person has 23 pairs of chromosomes. Those with Down syndrome have an additional copy of a third chromosome, chromosome 21, according to Tim Kinnard, president of the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association. He said that’s why March 21 is a perfect day for the events.
"The purpose of the day is to let the world know what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives," Kinnard said.