There are approximately two
babies born with Down's Syndrome in the UK every day.
There are around 60,000
people with Down's Syndrome living in the UK today.
Down's Syndrome is the most
common form of 'learning difficulty'.
Down's Syndrome occurs at
around the time of conception giving rise to an extra copy of chromosome
21 in each of the baby's cells. It is a 'genetic' condition. We do no know
why it happens. It can happen to anyone.
People with the syndrome will
experience varying degrees of learning difficulty but most will, with
appropriate support, achieve and live healthy, rich and varied lives.
Down's Syndrome was first
described by Dr John Langdon Down in 1866 - hence the name, but its
genetic nature was not discovered until 1959.
Down's Syndrome is not an
illness; people do no 'suffer' from it.
People with Down's Syndrome
are all individuals. Each has his or her own personality and family
traits. Down's Syndrome is only a small part of who they are.
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