Girl with Down syndrome eating an apple

October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It is a chance to celebrate people with Down syndrome and promote acceptance and inclusion. In honor of this month, here are some facts about Down syndrome.

Facts About Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. It occurs in 1 in every 792 live births, making it the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. There are three different types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21, translocation, and mosaicism. Trisomy 21 accounts for about 95% of all cases, while translocation accounts for about 4% and mosaicism about 1%.

[Down syndrome] occurs in 1 in every 792 live births, making it the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.

A few of the common physical traits are: low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. However, every person with Down syndrome is unique. They can have these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.

In addition to common physical characteristics, people with Down syndrome are typically intellectually and developmentally delayed. Of course, any delays vary from person to person. One person with Down syndrome may be capable of holding a job and living independently, while another may need constant supervision and assistance.

One person with Down syndrome may be capable of holding a job and living independently, while another may need constant supervision and assistance.

There are other health problems and conditions often associated with Down syndrome. ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, heart problems, hypothyroidism, leukemia, sleep apnea, and vision problems can all affect these individuals.

Down syndrome is also a nondiscriminatory condition. It occurs in people of all races and economic backgrounds. Currently, the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome is 60, a huge increase from what it was in the past. In 1983, it was only 25.

How to Help Those with Down Syndrome

Two boys with down syndrome smiling togetherPeople with Down syndrome can benefit greatly from early intervention, therapies (like occupational and nutritional), transition services, and special education. People in these professions have the potential to assist in their growth and development.

Spreading awareness and promoting inclusion of people with Down syndrome is easy.

Spreading awareness and promoting inclusion of people with Down syndrome is easy and important throughout the year, but is especially so during Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Sharing articles on social media is one of the easiest ways. Educating your friends and family and correcting them if they say anything offensive is also an effective way to spread awareness. Hopefully, they correct themselves in the future and feel more inclined to correct others, as well.

The Purpose of Awareness

Down Syndrome Awareness Month is all about celebrating the abilities of these individuals. They are important and contributing members of society. Every person deserves love and respect, and it’s every person’s responsibility to remember that.