💥10 Things we want you to know about Down Syndrome 💥
1. People with Down Syndrome can live we'll into their 60's. A generation ago, they were only expected to live to 25.
2. It's caused by a presence of the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. This makes them a little extra ordinary, having 47 chromosomes instead of 46 (23 from each parent)
3. Humans are the only species that can survive this generic abnormality.
4. People have or are diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Saying a person has “Downs” is incorrect.
5. People with Down Syndrome are capable of incredible things. Some own their own business, play musical instruments, run marathons or become actors/actresses.
6. The term "retarded" has been banned from medical recordings since 2006. It’s outdated and VERY hurtful.
7. People with Down Syndrome are not always happy. An extra chromosome does not equate to extra happiness. Trust me, they can be just as stubborn and temperamental as anyone else.
8. It is the most common genetic abnormality. In the United States, around one in 700 babies is born with Down syndrome each year.
9. Divorce rates of parents who have a child/children with Down Syndrome are not any more statistically higher in divorce rates. In my personal experience, it makes families stronger!
10. People with Down Syndrome know what you are saying about them. They have the same hopes and dreams in life as you and me. Building stronger work and learning environments can happen through inclusion – for all special needs.
I am incredibly proud of Gauge and we are excited to see what life brings for him in the decades ahead. It is through the voice of educating others about Down syndrome that I hope to continue bringing awareness and understanding to the condition. Having a disability means being different in ability, not inability. Please share this post to help me dispel some of the misconceptions and lesser-known facts about Down syndrome.
And rock those crazy socks in honor of Gauge and his awesome friends tomorrow in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Tag me in your posts #gaugesgroupies like and share this post and help us spread awareness! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!