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How You Can Plug Into the Down Syndrome Community

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Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a day to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have the condition, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Plus facts to know about the condition. Learn more at http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/young-actors-down-syndrome-give-expecting-mom-beautiful-message-hope/.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think the facts you list here are the most important part of this campaign:

    -In the U.S., Down syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition by our National Institutes of Health, despite being the most frequent chromosomal disorder.
    -Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
    -The Centers for Disease Control in 2011 estimated the frequency of the condition in the US is 1 in 691 live births.
    -There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
    -The average lifespan of a person with Down syndrome in the U.S. is approximately 60 years. As recently as 1983, the average lifespan was 25 years.

    You can help spread awareness by sharing this post and using the hashtag #DearFutureMom.

    • WomenYSK

      Thanks Alessandra. Oddly enough, these statistics aren't provided along with the video... which is why we thought it important to share. Appreciate your comment.