23 Truths You Should Know about Individuals with Down Syndrome

23 Truths You Should Know About Individuals with Down Syndrome

Liane Meadors, a physical therapist at the ACCESS® Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood campus, has been working with children with special needs for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has been a part of the journey of many individuals with Down syndrome and their families. While every child with Down syndrome has different needs and personalities, there are some commonalities Liane has come to learn during her career that every person should understand. Read on to check out 23 important tidbits Liane thinks everyone should know. You might just learn something new!

  1. One in every 700 babies born in the United States is diagnosed with Down syndrome.
  2. The likelihood of having a child with Down syndrome increases with age.
  3. However, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35 years of age.
  4. There are three different types of Down syndrome: Complete Trisomy 21, Mosaic Trisomy 21, and Translocation Trisomy 21.
  5. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions.
  6. Physical and occupational therapies are used to promote the greatest possible development, independence, and productivity in individuals with Down syndrome.
  7. People with Down syndrome are commonly associated with a having a good nature, but just like everyone else, are not always happy.
  8. It is never acceptable to use the R-word.

  9. Inclusive classrooms benefit ALL children.
  10. If you do not personally know someone with Down syndrome, stop what you are doing and figure out how to change that. You are missing out on true awesomeness!
  11. Most adults with Down syndrome are aware they have Down syndrome.
  12. Children with Down syndrome live ordinary lives filled with extraordinary needs.
  13. You cannot have mild or severe Down syndrome. Either you have it or you do not. Ability is not dependent on the condition but rather the individual.
  14. Each child with Down syndrome learns in a different way and at a different pace. It is up to us – parents, educators, friends, and therapists – to identify how they learn and help unlock their potential.

  15. Children with Down syndrome go through all the same milestones as typically developing children. It may just take them longer to achieve those milestones.
  16. Individuals with Down syndrome are beautiful inside and out.
  17. People with Down syndrome look like their family more than anybody else.
  18. 99% of people with Down syndrome say they are happy with their lives.
  19. Adults with Down syndrome attend work, run their own businesses, and participate in decisions that affect them. They have meaningful relationships and contribute to society.

  20. 79% of parents who have a child with Down syndrome feel their outlook on life is more positive because of their child.
  21. Low muscle tone is common in individuals with Down syndrome. This can affect postural control, stability, mobility, breathing, eating and speech.
  22. Instead of a Down syndrome child, a young person with a diagnosis should be referred to as a child with Down syndrome. People first language puts the person before the diagnosis.
  23. The average life expectancy of an individual with Down syndrome has more than doubled in the last 40 years.

This list includes info from Ellen Sumbo’s 31 facts about Down Syndrome. Tor read Ellen’s complete list, visit https://www.ellenstumbo.com/31-facts-about-down-syndrome/.



ACCESS® is a 501c3 nonprofit offering evaluation services, full-time education, therapy, training and activities for individuals with special needs. Founded in 1994, the center comprises ACCESS Early Childhood Program, ACCESS Academy, ACCESS Therapy, ACCESS Academic Therapy (specialized tutoring), ACCESS Life, Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Waiver, and the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center (AERC). The ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood campus is located at 10618 Breckenridge Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ACCESS Academy and Young Adult campus along with the AERC are located at 1500 N. Mississippi Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. http://www.AccessGroupInc.org



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