Being aware of Down’s Syndrome is about understanding and learning, the Down’s Syndrome Association have supplied us with some facts about the condition that you may not be aware of…
Down’s Syndrome – did you know…?
- Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Downâ€™s syndrome.
- There are approximately 40,000 people in the UK with the condition.
- Although the chance of a baby having Downâ€™s syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Downâ€™s syndrome are born to younger women.
- Downâ€™s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a babyâ€™s cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible.
- Downâ€™s syndrome is not a disease. People with Downâ€™s syndrome are not ill and do not â€śsufferâ€ť from the condition.
- People with the syndrome will have a degree of learning difficulty. However, most people with Downâ€™s syndrome will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and lead fulfilling, semi-independent lives.
- Today the average life expectancy for a person with Downâ€™s syndrome is between 50 and 60. A considerable number of people with Downâ€™s syndrome live into their 60s and beyond.
Not only that, but without meaning to, you could be causing offence – here are some acceptable and unacceptable ways of talking about Down’s Syndrome….
|Mongol||person/baby/child with Downâ€™s syndrome|
|suffers from OR is a victim of Downâ€™s syndrome||Â has Downâ€™s syndrome|
|a Downâ€™s baby/person/child||Â a person/baby/child with Downâ€™s syndrome or who has Downâ€™s syndrome|
|Â retarded/mentally handicapped/backward||learning disability|
|Â disease/illness/handicap||Â condition OR genetic condition|
|the risk of a baby having Downâ€™s syndrome
(in relation to pre-natal screening and probability assessments)
|the chance of a baby having Downâ€™s syndrome|
There are some great videos made by and about people with Downâ€™s syndrome who are already active and involved in their local communities along with factsheets about inclusion and school activities on the Down’s Syndrome Association website.