Chromosome 21 trisomy occurs when a person is born with Down syndrome. As a result of the extra genetic material, the development path is altered, and Down syndrome-related features are manifested. As of yet, no one knows what causes the extra chromosome that leads to Down syndrome. Down syndrome is the most prevalent chromosomal abnormality, affecting one in every 691 U.S. newborns.
More than 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition in the country. There is an increased risk of having a child with Down syndrome as the mother ages; nonetheless, 80 percent of Down syndrome infants are delivered to women under 35 since this age group gives birth the most frequently.
What is Down syndrome Awareness Month?
During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we have the opportunity to raise awareness, advocate for Down syndrome, and include people with Down syndrome in our daily lives. During the month of October, raise awareness of the talents and accomplishments of persons with Down syndrome by celebrating them.
Why we celebrate Down syndrome Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month began in the 1980s and has been celebrated annually in October since. During this time, persons with Down syndrome should be recognized for their contributions. When it comes to basic human needs, people with Down syndrome are no different than anybody else. A prosperous job and a happy family are among their aspirations. When they turn 18, they’ll be capable of several things: driving themselves to work or school; going on dates; dating; getting married, and contributing to society.
They’re allowed to play sports as well. All sports, including swimming, gymnastics, basketball, and athletics, have seen remarkable success among athletes with Down syndrome. They’ve taken up endurance sports like triathlons and open water swimming in recent years.