During October, we celebrate the abilities and possibilities of people with Down Syndrome and spread awareness about what people with Down Syndrome bring to their communities. We also work to advocate for meaningful inclusion and supports to help individuals with Down syndrome continue to thrive and contribute in their communities. 5 Things You Should Know about Down Syndrome
- Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. You cannot “catch” Down syndrome; everyone who has Down syndrome was born with it and will always have it.
- Many children with Down Syndrome have low muscle tone and must work harder to achieve physical milestones like sitting, crawling, walking, talking and eating.
- 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.
- Children with Down Syndrome can do anything that typical children do, but may need more time, therapies, or assistive devices to get there.
- Every child with Down Syndrome is different and has their own unique personality, talents, weaknesses and strengths. The best way to learn more is to get to know them.
Want to learn more? This video does a great job of explaining what Down syndrome is and how it can affect kids as they grow up: