Today is also World Down Syndrome Day recognized by the United Nations to encourage raising awareness about Down syndrome which is a chromosomal anomaly causing lifelong conditions in those born with it which impacts their cognitive ability and physical growth, cause developmental issues, and present a higher risk of health problems.
Down syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal congenital anomaly in Canada. It is usually caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21. According to the Government of Canada data, approximately 1 in 750 live born babies in Canada has Down syndrome.
Canadian Down Syndrome Society works to empower Canadians with Down syndrome and their families. The organization raises awareness and provide information on Down syndrome through the prenatal, early childhood, school years, adulthood, and retirement stages of life.
If you know someone with living Down syndrome you can help in their wellbeing by providing positive support, reinforce their abilities by helping them focus on what they can do instead of what they cannot and recognize their unique talents. You can also extend your support by being a part of local support groups, helping their outreach efforts, be a part of their fundraising events and programs.