What is the importance of Down syndrome?
Down Syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder and is the leading cause of intellectual and developmental delay not only in the U.S., but around the world. Despite this, it is the least-funded major genetic condition by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Why is it important to spread awareness about Down syndrome?
Down Syndrome Awareness Month is about encouraging more people to learn about this condition, to celebrate those living with it and to recognize the ways in which medical advancements can and do increasingly boost their quality of life.
What happens if Down syndrome test is positive?
A screen positive result means that you are in a group with an increased likelihood of having a baby with an open neural tube defect. If the result is screen positive, you will be offered an ultrasound examination after 16 weeks of pregnancy, and possibly an amniocentesis.
How do we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day?
Here are four ways to celebrate this amazing day:
Random acts of kindness: on WDSD many families celebrate by completing random acts of kindness as a way to raise awareness of the special day. Take the Generation G Pledge: to always be accepting, be kind and be generous! Rock your Socks!
Why do we wear odd socks for Down syndrome Day?
Each year, Down Syndrome International invites everyone across the world to wear odd socks to support World Down Syndrome Day. The date is the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.
Do Down syndrome kids go to regular school?
Students with Down syndrome are often enrolled in mainstream education systems and enjoy participating with peers in all kinds of classroom activities. Encourage physical fitness and involvement in all school activities, as well as extracurricular programs.