Down syndrome is a genetic condition typically identified at birth. It causes delays in physical and intellectual development. Those born with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of 46.
Children born with Down syndrome have special needs for addressing mild to moderate impairments. They may require speech, physical and developmental therapies.
Some Downs children need a specialized program in school, while others are fine in regular classes. They are often more prone to infection, and may have respiratory, vision and hearing problems. Some have thyroid issues, and some have heart conditions. Downs individuals may need extra TLC for their health.
Despite the setbacks, Down syndrome individuals can live rich and full lives. Many are active in their communities and find success in the workplace as adults. It's important to encourage them to pursue their talents and areas of interest.
Listen in as Korby Calley, Executive Director for D&S Community Services, shares what it's like to live with someone with Down syndrome.