About Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

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21 Facts About Down Syndrome That Might Surprise You

  • 1 Down Syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
  • 2 One in every 691 babies is born with Down Syndrome.
  • 3 Down Syndrome is a condition, not a disease.

Myths vs. Truths

Myth or Truth? There are so many misconceptions about Down syndrome that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction sometimes. That’s why we made it just a little bit easier.

Language Guide

Language is powerful! It reflects and shapes our perceptions of people. Your choice of language has an impact on the way people with Down syndrome feel.

We have prepared a short language guide that contains our suggestions on how to speak respectfully and kindly to and about people with Down syndrome.