October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month when we join together to celebrate people with Down Syndrome and educate others on what the syndrome is.

Down Syndrome Facts
  • Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.
  • Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
  • There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (accounts for 95% of cases), translocation and mosaicism.
  • Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.
  • People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions.
  • Positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
  • People with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
  • Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
  • 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 lead fulfilling and productive lives.

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