October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Down Syndrome is a disorder arising from a chromosome defect, ausing intellectual impairment and physical abnormailities including short stature and broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy of this chromosome. Each year approximately 5,000 children are born with Down Syndrome. It affects approximately 350,00 people.
There are a number of organizations that advocate for persons diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
The National Down Syndrome Society – www.ndss.org
The National Association for Down Syndrome – www.nads.org
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas – www.downsyndromedallas.org
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas – www.dsact.com
Please visit their websites for additional facts and statistics.
Since its inception, Ahora y Siempre, Inc (AyS) has had the pleasure of working for individuals with Down Syndrome. From personal experience we can say that people with Down Syndrome are some of the sweetest people you will meet. They are caring, they are smart andmost importantly they are loving.
Take time this month to show your appreciation to someone with Down Syndrome.