Down Syndrome Myths and Facts

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. For this reason, we want to stop some of the misconceptions there still are going around with some myths and facts. Also, you can watch this video from BBC where they can tell you exactly what they are tired of hearing.

Myth: Down Syndrome is hereditary
Fact: Only one type of Down Syndrome is hereditary. This type is called translocation and accounts for 3 to 4% of all cases.Of those, only 1% of the cases are hereditary.

Myth: Down Syndrome is a rare disorder
Fact: Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition. There are approximately 400,000 people with Down Syndrome living in the United States. This means that one in every 691 babies are born with Down Syndrome.

Myth: The only option for students with Down Syndrome is segregated special education.
Fact: Students with Down Syndrome are included in typical classrooms either in all subjects or specific ones. Each year, more students with Down Syndrome graduate from high school and participate in college.

Myth: Most children with Down Syndrome are born to older parents
Fact: The likelihood of having a child with Down Syndrome increases with the age of the mother. Women older than 35 years old are in higher risk. However, most children with Down Syndrome are born to women younger. The reason behind this? Younger women have more children.

Myth: People with Down Syndrome are unemployed
Fact: Adults with Down Syndrome work in different jobs and positions. Some work at corporations, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, airports, banks, childcare facilities and much more. Some others have become part of the entertainment world singing, dancing, acting, and modeling. Just like anybody else, people with Down Syndrome can do whatever they set their minds to.

Source: National Down Syndrome Society

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