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World Down Syndrome Day: Here’s all you need to know about the genetic condition

By : Writer   /   21 Mar 2022  /   News and Updates /   Latest News

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World Down Syndrome Day is observed every year on 21st March to raise awareness about the genetic condition. Down Syndrome is found in a person born with an extra chromosome which leads to mental and physical challenges in them.

A kid diagnosed with Down Syndrome is mostly shorter, slender neck, protruding tongue, muscle tone issues, flattened face, etc. John Langdon, a British physician was first to describe this in 1862 but it was Jerome Lejeune a French Physician who identified this as a chromosomal condition in the year 1959.

According to the United Nations 3000 to 5000 children are born with this disorder every year. Down’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21 which causes a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability and may be associated with thyroid or heart disease.

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome, says WDSD web page.

This disease is usually discovered during the course of pregnancy, if not then the child’s appearance is used to diagnose the condition. There isn’t any specific treatment for the down syndrome yet, but certain therapies can help in this condition.

This world down syndrome day, the message is to spread inclusion #InclusionMeans. It is to promote their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others. Certain programs such as inclusive education, inclusive employment, inclusive health, inclusive organizations and self-advocacy are promoted by the World Down Syndrome Day organization.

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