October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness!

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness!

Throughout the month of October, people with Down syndrome are celebrated to make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.  It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating capabilities! It’s a time where people can learn all about the history of Down Syndrome and gives the affected the ability to speak out about what it’s like to have DS.

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. People with DS have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives. People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

People with Down syndrome, their friends, and families can spread awareness about Down syndrome by going to their local Buddy Walk® and can speak out about their needs.  This is how they advocate. Parents can teach about education and how to support the disabled – and give love, funding and encouragement.

Remember that this is a very important month where people can spread awareness and learn more about the disability.