Question: Why are people asked to ‘rock their socks’ (wear brightly coloured, or odd socks) on World Down Syndrome Day?
Answer: Because chromosomes sort of look like pairs of socks, and people with Down’s Syndrome are born with an extra one.
Once hidden away and thought incapable of high achievement, people with Down’s Syndrome are now much more valued by society. But recognition of their worth was a long time coming. In Nazi Germany, many fell victim to the euthanasia programme known as Aktion T4. A subject covered in my fourth Time Rose novel, The Tangled Rose.