Down syndrome is a common genetic variation, which usually causes delay in physical, intellectual and language development. The exact causes of this chromosomal rearrangement and primary prevention of Down syndrome are currently unknown. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status. The incidence of Down syndrome in the United States is estimated to be 1 in every 1,200 live births. There are approximately 1/4 million families in the United States affected by Down syndrome.
There is wide variation in mental abilities, behavior and physical development in individuals with Down syndrome. Each individual has his/her own unique personality, capabilities and talents. Individuals with Down syndrome benefit from loving homes, early intervention, inclusive education, appropriate medical care and positive public attitudes. In adulthood, many persons with Down syndrome hold jobs, live independently and enjoy recreational opportunities in their communities.
For more information about Down syndrome go to: http://ndsccenter.org/resources/general-information/facts-about-down-syndrome/
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