World Down Syndrome Day
Every March 21st we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day to raise awareness and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome. It is recognized in up to 70 countries around the world. Individuals with Down Syndrome face many obstacles on a daily basis. I’m sure we all know an individual with Down Syndrome and get to experience their contagious happiness and free spirit personas. Celebrate today by visiting the official website of World Down Syndrome day to see what events are happening near you.
Take a look at these facts about Down syndrome:
-Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome
-There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (nondisjunction) accounts for 95% of cases, translocation accounts for about 4%, and mosaicism accounts for about 1%
-Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year
-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 have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives
-A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are: low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
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