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What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs in one in every 800 to 1,000 births. It affects people of all ages, races, and economic levels, and is the most frequently occurring chromosomal abnormality.  More than 350,000 people have Down Syndrome in the United States alone.People with Down Syndrome are more prone to:

   Congenital heart defects

   Increased susceptibility to infection

   Respiratory problems

   Obstructed digestive systems

In addition, most people with Down Syndrome have some degree of mental retardation.  However, it usually falls into the mild to moderate range and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents each individual possess.  People with Down Syndrome who receive appropriate medical care and are included in community life are expected to adapt successfully.  Just like their peers, they attend school, develop friendships, maintain jobs, participate in important personal decisions and make positive contributions to the community.  People with Down Syndrome are more like their nondisabled peers than they are different and they deserve the same opportunities.

 

If you have a loved one with Down syndrome and would like to join 21 Down, please reach out to us via Contact Us and we will add you to our database.  Also, if you have a new diagnosis of Down syndrome and would like to talk or ask questions about your precious baby please call one of the officers listed here and we would be glad to help!