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Down Syndrome Awareness Month there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. I N E V E R Y C E L L I N T H E H U M A N B O DY

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. Approximately 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. People with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses. Children with Down syndrome learn to sit, walk, talk, play and do most other activities, though somewhat later than their peers without Down syndrome. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care and positive support from family, friends and communities enable people with Down syndrome to realize their aspirations and lead fulfilling lives. People with Down syndrome attend school, work and contribute to society in many wonderful ways. Persons with Down syndrome prefer to be referred as differently abled, opposed to retarded, handicapped or someone with an intellectual developmental disability because just about every one of them is differently abled in some way. Persons with Down syndrome have the same wants and dreams as everyone else. People with Down syndrome live alone or with a spouse, with a roommate or family members, in creatively supported settings or in more traditional supported settings. People with Down syndrome enjoy living in communities with transportation, entertainment, shopping and dining options and places of worship. People with Down syndrome desire to contribute to society as tax paying citizens, voters, and volunteers. When provided proper support and given the right opportunity, they thrive and give far back more than they receive. Undoubtedly, people with Down syndrome enhance our world. w Pamela Glass is the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Nevins Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Since 1959, Nevins Inc. has been providing person-centered care and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mecklenburg County. Data from www.nads.org/resources/facts-about-down-syndrome

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