World Down Syndrome Day

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A little girl with down syndrome smirking.
Portrait of beautiful young girl. Photo credit:

Today is March 21st. It is also World Down Syndrome Day. Down syndrome, also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which a person is born with part of or all of an extra chromosome 21. Hence the 21st is the day to raise awareness about it.

It’s not all bad!

Little girl wearing a shirt that reads "Am I rocking this Extra Chromosome or What?!
In most cases, Down syndrome can lead to excessive hugs.

The physical features and medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids with DS need a lot of medical attention, others lead healthy lives. Some years ago a co-worker who has a daughter with down syndrome shared an article with me called ‘If People with Down Syndrome Ruled the World’ by Dennis McGuire. It is worth a read. I hope that many who read this will realize; if you didn’t already know; that down syndrome is not something to fear, but rather embrace like a good hug. And please; don’t be like the Boy Scouts and exclude someone who deserves much more credit than was given. Click here to read that story.

MIT Launches Down Syndrome Center

Li-Huei Tsai, left, co-director of the new Alana Down Syndrome Center at MIT, works with Hiruy Meharena, a senior Alana fellow. (Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT)

And just in case you are still wondering about research regarding treatment and support I want to leave you with an article on Disability Scoop regarding a new research facility that aims to help improve life for those living with down syndrome. Read that story here. Another resource out there is GiGi’s Playhouse. They have so much to offer families, but don’t take my word for it, here is a link to GiGi’s Playhouse.

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