World Down Syndrome Day 3.21.13
3.21.13 is World Down Syndrome Day, in honor of their third copy of the 21st chromosome.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy
of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of
development and causes the characteristics associated with Down
- Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One
in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.*
- There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.*
- Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.*
- Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.*
- People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions
that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.*
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*National Down Syndrome Society
How you can help
By pledging not to use the "r-word" you are creating more accepting attitudes throughout your own community and throughout the lives of every individual.
By taking this pledge we are moving one step closer to ending hateful language and providing those with an intellectual disability the respect they deserve. What is person first language? People-First Language emphasizes the person, not the disability. By placing the person first, the disability is no longer the primary, defining characteristic of an individual, but one of several aspects of…
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