The Hire Edge Team is celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness Day today, March 21st.
One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making about 6,000 babies born with Down syndrome each year. Down syndrome is a genetic alteration occurring when an individual has a full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes; half are intertied from each parent. Our chromosomes are where our genes are carried. The additional genetic information alters the course of development and causes the characteristics that are associated with Down syndrome.
The hope for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day is to give these individuals the equal right to enjoy their lives. They should be able to participate fully in their communities without discrimination. But the reality for many is that negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion.
Teaching our children, that despite a child having Down syndrome, they should be included also encourages environments of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone. We want adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.