Today is World Down Syndrome Day
Today is the seventh annual World Down Syndrome Day, started in 2006, this is a day to celebrate the many abilities of people with Down syndrome. March 21st was chosen because it is the 21st day of the third month of the year was to symbolize the third copy of the 21st chromosome present in Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). This year, World Down Syndrome Day is being recognized by the United Nations for the first time.
There is sometimes misunderstanding about what Down syndrome is and how it impacts a person and their family. The reality is, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition and more than 400,000 unique and special people in the United States live with Down syndrome.
Here are a few more facts:
- Down syndrome occurs when some or all of a person’s cells have an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
- Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
- The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
- People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
- All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
- Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
At Children’s Village, every day is World Down syndrome day. These special children and their parents walk through our doors for a variety of reasons: to receive a therapy or meet with a specialist, maybe to participate in a special activity or for their parents to meet with other parents who have children just like them. Whether it’s to work or play, we celebrate the uniqueness, creativity; joy and beauty each of these children bring to their family and community.
If you have received a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome and want to hear a first-hand account of a family or are looking for local and national resources to learn more about Down syndrome, check out the following blogs and web sites.
http://www.ndss.org/ (National Down syndrome society)