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.
WDSD 2014 has released this tissues required video aimed at an expecting mom who has just learned that her baby to be has the genetic condition. Fifteen young actors with Down syndrome are reassuring the mom that her child will lead a meaningful life, albeit “Sometimes it will be very difficult”.
It’s a beautiful video and meaningful message.
Facts about Down syndrome
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.
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