Everyday people with Down Syndrome prove themselves and others that their abilities far outnumber their disability. Disability Awareness Month challenges the outdated perceptions of disability that are a disservice to the hard-working, fun-loving, and accomplished people who also happen to have a disability.
Down syndrome occurs across the human spectrum and is the most common chromosomal condition. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome — a 1 in 700 chance. It is associated with delays in physical growth, characteristic facial features, and intellectual disability.
These are just facts, and like all facts, they can fail to provide a full picture. The truth is that children born with Down syndrome can absolutely go on to live happy and long lives. And with Down Syndrome Awareness Month every October, we can be inspired to learn more about this topic and to celebrate people born with Down syndrome and the medical advancements that increasingly improve their quality of life.