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Down Syndrome and Autism

Disabilities Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or a part of a third chromosome 21. Down Syndrome is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans. It is estimated that 1 out of 691 is born with this in the U.S. Downs is normally associated with physical growth delays, distinct facial characteristics, and intellectual disability. Some signs of this would be a small chin, oblique eye, fissures on inner corner of eye, poor muscle tone, flat nasal bridge, protruding tongue, and the face with be flat and broad.

Autism is a

group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are normally characterized in multiple degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Parents normally see signs of this in their child within the first few years of life. There has been cases where Autism symptoms have decreased and children who have recovered. Those with this disorder will have repetitive movements such as head rolling and hand flapping and also have compulsive behavior.

What you need to know and getting educated on the disabilities you will come in contact with as part of the Aggie Special Olympics.

Texas A&M University Aggie Special Olympics

Why is it important to be educated? We want you to be comfortable and prepared with the situations and encounters you will have as part of the Aggie Special Olympics. We pride ourselves with our knowledgeable and educated volunteers that help positively impact the lives of those in Special Olympics. We want to make sure you know all the information that could help you to continue this within our program. This knowledge along with our safety information will help you to be comfortable, prepared, and ready to help those in Special Olympics.

As Aggie Special Olympics Texas Volunteers we will obtain and imitate the vision and mission of Special Olympics Texas, an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Through volunteering at various local and state-wide events ASOTV will strive to build bonds with the Special Olympics Athletes and instill in them the Aggie Spirit of service and diversity. Along with helping facilitate and coordinate various events, ASOTV will also serve Special Olympics Texas in managing and raising funds so that this rewarding organization may continue to support their athletes who strive to live by the Athlete Oath: Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.Aggie Special Olympic Mission

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt�-Aggie Athlete Oath


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