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About Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is caused by the presence of an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, which results in varying degrees of physical and mental “abnormalities”. It occurs in one out of every 733 live births and more than 350,000 people in the U.S. have this genetic condition.
Just Like You & Me
Each individual has his/her own unique personality, capabilities and talents. Individuals with Down Syndrome benefit from loving homes, early intervention, inclusive education, appropriate medical care and most of all, positive public attitudes.
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The lives of the 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome today are radically different than a generation ago.Melissa Reilly poses with [...]
• KNOW YOUR DUBLIN: Cathy Soden, from Clonskeagh, Pat Clarke, Down Syndrome Ireland, Cllr Clare Byrne (FG) and David O’Brien, from Glasnevin, pictured at [...]
Parents Are Saying…
This group helped my wife & I when we were at our lowest point. We had just found out at 12 weeks that our little girl would have Down Syndrome. Because of this group, we were able to quickly see the very bright future we would ultimately have with our daughter Hannah. Thank you all so much.Claudio Uribe, Riverview
When I discovered my unborn baby would have Down Syndrome, I immediately found support in this group to help guide me in the process of denial through acceptance and prepare me for the love I now have for my amazing & beautiful daughter.Tara Sosna, Physician