21 FACTS about DOWN SYNDROME
- Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an extra copy of the 21st chromosome
- It is not hereditary, meaning it is not passed on to child from either parent
- It is not an illness or a disease. People with down syndrome aren’t sick or contagious!
- Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition. 1 in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome
- The abortion rate of babies with Down syndrome is about 80% in the U.S
- Down syndrome is not a spectrum. One either has it or not; ability is based on the individual, not the condition
- There are 3 types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21, Mosaic, and translocation. Trisomy 21 is the most common.
- Not all people with Down syndrome are the same. Everyone who has down syndrome has their own personalities and shouldn’t be characteristics. They aren’t “always happy” or all “angels”
- Having Down syndrome does not mean you will be a perpetual child
- People with Down syndrome can have jobs
- Many people with Down syndrome have meaningful relationships and can even get married
- People with Down syndrome can get a post-secondary education. Thankfully, there are more and more opportunities opening up
- People with Down syndrome have all the same rights as any other citizen (seems obvious.. right???
- The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has increased to 60yrs from 25 in recent decades
- Many people with Down syndrome can live on their own (some just need more support than others)
- They are aware of the way people perceive them; meaning your stares and words can affect them
- Having a sibling with Down syndrome has a positive effect on children
- Studies show that including students with Down syndrome in a regular class setting is productive and beneficial to all parties
- People with Down syndrome aren’t suffering from a condition
- We aren’t searching for a cure!
- A Down Syndrome diagnosis isn’t a death sentence to your family or your child.
Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!!