[Jennie Couling | Design Sub Editor]
16th of March marks the beginning of Down’s Syndrome Awareness week.
Every year the charity Down’s Syndrome Association focuses on a different aspect of living with Down’s Syndrome. This year they’re looking to encourage people with Down’s syndrome to take part in activities they enjoy and get involved in their local community. They are looking for stories from people with Down’s Syndrome about their favourite activities and hobbies.
Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an abnormality in chromosome 21 (usually trisomy-21) and affects around 60 000 people in the UK.
Each person with Down’s Syndrome is affected differently, but many have learning difficulties and physical characteristics such as reduced muscle tone, and are shorter than average height.
Some people with Down’s Syndrome suffer from other health complications: around half are born with a congenital heart defect; most have difficulties with their hearing and many have problems with their eyes and gut.
However, having Down’s Syndrome doesn’t have to be limiting. People born with Down’s Syndrome have gone on to be actors, rappers, models, artists and Olympians, and graduate with honors.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with this year’s Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week. You can donate, hold a fundraising event, buy a membership to offer support and advice for those with the syndrome, or even order your own Awareness Week Pack. Go to www.downs-syndrome.org.uk to find out more!