March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of what Down Syndrome is, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our communities. The 21st day within the 3rd month of the year was chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down Syndrome. It exists in all regions across the globe in families of all races and economic levels and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health.
All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not a measure of the many talents and strengths an individual has. With quality educational programs, good health care, positive support from family, friends and their surrounding community, people with Down syndrome are able to develop to their fullest potential and lead fulfilling lives.
For more information on World Down Syndrome Day, please visit: www.worlddownsyndromeday.org