Facts About Down Syndrome
- Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder usually causing delay in physical, intellectual and language development.
- Down syndrome is the leading clinical cause of cognitive impairment in the world.
- The incidence of Down syndrome in the U.S. is estimated to be 1 in every 800-1,100 live births.
- Women UNDER 35 years of age give birth to more than 80% of children with Down syndrome.
- A wide variation in mental abilities, behavior and physical development is present in individuals with Down syndrome with each person having his or her own unique personality, capabilities and talents.
- Individuals with Down syndrome benefit from an inclusive lifestyle including loving homes, early intervention, appropriate education, aggressive medical care and positive public attitudes.
- In adulthood persons with Down syndrome are working competitively, living independently, forming meaningful relationships and enjoying recreational opportunities in their communities.