As October is Down Syndrome awareness month, I thought I would share some information with you that might help you or someone you know better understand down syndrome.
For us, down syndrome is just one small part of who Alayna is, it in no way defines her. She is a typical almost 2 year old girl that loves her big brother, giggles lots, is very social, enjoys books, loves music, loves ice cream, gets excited when we say we are going to the park, gives great hugs and kisses...the list could go on and on. As you can see she is more alike every other kid than different and that is what we focus on.
Some of our blogging buddies are blogging daily this month to bring awareness to ds. As it takes me WAY too long complete just one post I am not going to take on this great challenge but, look forward to reading all the great posts from our friends. Take a moment to visit our buddies blogs this month and learn a little more about the Ups of down syndrome.
Did you know...
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition with an incidence of 1 in every 733 births. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome.
There are currently over 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States.
There are approximately 5,000 babies born with Down syndrome each year in the United States.
It is one of the leading clinical causes of cognitive delay in the world - it is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status.
With appropriate support, individuals with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling lives and be contributing members of society.
Thanks for loving our Alayna and all our other buddies around the world that sport that extra chromosome!