October Is down Syndrome Awareness Month

blue and yellow down syndrome awareness ribbon

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the chance to celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments of those with Down syndrome

Facts about Down syndrome:

  • Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21 in an individual.
  • In the U.S., 1 in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome or about 6,000 per year.
  • It is the most common chromosomal condition.
  • The only factor that has been linked to an increased chance of having a baby with Down syndrome is maternal age. However, because of higher birth rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to a woman who is under 35 years of age.
  • Those with Down syndrome have cognitive delays, but they are usually mild to moderate.
  • Down Syndrome Awareness is represented by the colors blue and yellow.
  • The Buddy Walk is a world-wide fundraiser that supports local programs and services for those with Down syndrome as well as national advocacy and awareness initiatives for the National Association for Down Syndrome.