October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month
With October being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we wanted to give you a few facts and figures regarding Down Syndrome and some ways you can spread awareness.
-Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a chromosomal condition in which the individual has an extra copy of chromosome 21.
-One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
-People with Down syndrome are at a higher risk of having other medical conditions including congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Since most of these conditions are treatable, most individuals with Down syndrome live healthy lives.
-Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome continues to increase. In 1983, the life expectancy of someone with Down syndrome was 25, today it is 60.
By advocating and encouraging other people to learn about Down syndrome, we will work together to create a world in which we celebrate abilities. Learning, teaching and loving others is the best way we can advocate for all people.
-By knowing more about Down syndrome, you are able to spread awareness in your own circle of life.
-With more than 250 Buddy Walk events across the country, it is easy to find one near your! Grab some friends and lace up your shoes to raise money and awareness with the National Down Syndrome Society.
- Celebrate the abilities of everyone around you!