Down Syndrome Facts

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. 

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.

There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (accounts for 95% of cases), translocation and mosaicism.

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. 

People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions.

All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate.

Positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

People with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

Source: Down Syndrome Society -

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.

- NDSS Goodwill Ambassador, Chris Burke

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. We can learn all about our history. We have a right to speak out about what it’s like to have Down syndrome and to learn the real story of people like us.

People with Down syndrome and their loved ones can spread awareness about Down syndrome by going to their local Buddy Walk® and we can speak out about our needs. This is how we advocate. Our parents can teach us about education and how to advocate for ourselves – and give us love, support and encouragement.