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22 March 2024 | Firm News | Article by Richard Edwards

Celebrating Neurodiversity Week and World Down Syndrome Day

This week marks both Neurodiversity Week (18-24 March 2024) and World Down Syndrome Day (21 March 2024).

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.

Each year World Down Syndrome Day is marked with a sock related celebration, this year our theme was “Brighter, Bolder, Better”. Everyone was encouraged to wear odd socks, multicoloured socks, bright socks or even multiple socks. The day aims to celebrate those selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes down syndrome.

Accordingly, on 21 March 2024, our colleagues brightened the offices, from Cardiff to Southampton to Manchester, with colourful, mismatched, and fun socks to mark the occasion and shared their images across the firm.

A collage of Hugh James colleagues wearing their funkiest socks as part of the 'lots of socks' campaign in support of World Down Syndrome Day

Richard Edwards, Partner in the Serious Injury Team and member of the Liverpool Down Syndrome Association commented:

“Down Syndrome is a poorly understood condition. Those who have it face many challenges throughout their lives. In so many instances the services that most of us take for granted simply fail to account, not only for those who have Down Syndrome, but other neurocognitive conditions too. The evidence shows, however, that with appropriate adjustments and understanding people with Down Syndrome can live full and rewarding lives that in my experience enrich the lives of those around them. On a personal level it was lovely to see so many of my Hugh James colleagues joining in to mark this very special day!”

Read more about World Down Syndrome Day and the ‘lots of socks’ campaign.

Donations can be made to the Liverpool Down Syndrome Association JustGiving page.

Author bio

Richard Edwards is a Partner in the Serious Injury Department of our Manchester office. For nearly 20 years he has handled high value complex personal injury claims for those who have sustained brain, spinal and amputation injuries. He has dealt with claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and those with cross border jurisdiction issues, including in the US and Republic of Ireland.

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