What is Down’s syndrome ?

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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Useful Literature About Down’s Syndrome:

Down’s Syndrome – The Facts……………………………..by Mark Selikowitz

Down’s Syndrome – An Introduction For Parents…………………(new edition 2004/5)