Tuesday, 21 October 2014


I recently discovered that October is Down's Syndrome month, so Its Braap is going to help spread the word even though this month is drawing to a close- after all, Down's Syndrome is for life. This is just a little introductory snippet which will shortly be followed by an interview with Monique, mother of a Kody who has Down's Syndrome.

Stasyia's Story
Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
We can't figure out what the big deal is... it's just an extra chromosome! 

Living with Down syndrome- Further reading!

Sue Buckley

People with Down syndrome, whatever their age, are people first. They are people with abilities, strengths and weaknesses like everyone else. They may have additional needs but first they have the same needs as everyone else of their age group. The quality of health care, education and community support provided to children and adults with Down syndrome makes a real difference to their progress throughout life. This module provides an introduction to all the issues that need to be addressed to enable individuals with Down syndrome, and their families, to enjoy full and happy lives within their communities. It offers an overview of the development of individuals with Down syndrome from infancy to adult life. It also provides a summary of the causes of Down syndrome, the incidence and prevalence of the condition, life expectancy and associated education and health care needs. Further modules in this series address each of these issues in detail.
Buckley SJ. Living with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Issues and Information. 2000.

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