October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the chance to celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments of those with Down syndrome.
Facts about Down syndrome:
- Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21 in an individual.
- In the U.S., 1 in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome or about 6,000 per year.
- It is the most common chromosomal condition.
- The only factor that has been linked to an increased chance of having a baby with Down syndrome is maternal age. However, because of higher birth rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to a woman who is under 35 years of age.
- Those with Down syndrome have cognitive delays, but they are usually mild to moderate.
- Down Syndrome Awareness is represented by the colors blue and yellow.
- The Buddy Walk is a world-wide fundraiser that supports local programs and services for those with Down syndrome as well as national advocacy and awareness initiatives for the National Association for Down Syndrome.