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3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day. A day to celebrate our friends with Down syndrome and spread the word that these individuals are not defined by their diagnosis!


What you should know about Down syndrome…

Down syndrome isn’t common. 1 in every 700 live births results in a child born with Down syndrome. Which means that someone with Down syndrome is incredibly special! Down syndrome is a third full or partial copy of the 21st chromosome in a humans DNA. Chromosomes are the tiny pieces of code in our body that tell us how we look, how we grow, and how our brain works. Which is why someone with Down syndrome may look and learn differently than you. More than anything else, you should know that someone with Down syndrome is more like you than they are different… they love sports, singing, dancing, music, reading, art, playing with friends, and most of all… love being included, accepted and appreciated for who they are as an individual. They are a person first; they are more than their diagnosis.

-DSACC, Down Syndrome Association of Central California


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