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Facts about Down Syndrome


Down syndrome (DS) is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21. This is additional genetic material that changes the course of development and causes the characteristics we associate with Down Syndrome.


One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition in the U.S.

In 1983, the average life expectancy of a person born with Down syndrome was a mere 25 years..Today, its 60.

The exact cause of the extra chromosome that triggers Down syndrome is unknown to this date.

Since the 1970s, public schools have been required by law to provide a free and appropriate education to children with Down syndrome.

While behavior, mental ability, and physical development varies from person to person, many individuals with Down syndrome grow up to hold jobs, live independently, and enjoy normal recreational activities.