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Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is not a disease. People do not suffer form it, nor are they victims. Down Syndrome is a genetic condition. As the word syndrome implies, it is a collection of common characteristics that is evident not only physically, but also by a degree of learning disability.

Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosone 21. Chromosones are in simple terms the 'building blocks' that give us our individual characteristics, for example, blue eyes, blonde hair etc. Similarly, people with Down Syndrome, who share this extra chromosone, also share common physical features. It is important to remember that the shared traits are no indication of future ability, or capability to learn.

Living with Down Syndrome

It is important to note that not all young people with Down Syndrome have all the problems at once, if at all. Many will have learned to manage things in their own way. Learn from the individual and be guided by their individual needs. Maintain a positive relationship with parents/ carers; keep them informed if the young person's progress and look to them for specialist guidance.

Support Organisations

Down's Syndrome Association

Head Office

Telephone: 033 3121 2300

Email: info@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Website: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

Northern Ireland Office

Telephone: 028 9066 5260

Email: enquiriesni@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Wales Office

Telephone: 029 2052 2511

Email: wales@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Down's Syndrome Scotland

Telephone: 013 1313 4225

Email: info@dsscotland.org.uk

Website: www.dsscotland.org.uk


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