World Down Syndrome Day

Did you know that there over 400,000 people living in the United States alone are born with Down Syndrome?  That means 1 in every 691 babies born in the United States will have Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome arises in those who have an additional copy of chromosome 21, which ultimately modifies development causing Down Syndrome characteristics to arise.

In the anticipation of raising public awareness of Down Syndrome  an observance day began in 2006 throughout countries world wide however it was not until December 19, 2011 the United Nations announced that March 21 will be dedicated as World Down Syndrome Day,  ascribing March 21, 2012 as the first.

This day was devised to help recognize those with Down Syndrome or those working and living with them to help provide a global voice advocating for the inclusion and rights. On this day events and activities are held to reach out to others in the community and ensure education and acceptance of those with Down Syndrome is being promoted and acknowledged.

Food for thought: Instead of saying “a Down Syndrome child” say  “a child with Down Syndrome.” 

References:

http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/#sthash.vN86ZGtU.dpuf

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