Tomorrow, March 21, over 60 countries worldwide will be observing World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). Down syndrome is a congenital disorder resulting from the presence of an extra chromosome. However, people with Down syndrome are at a higher risk of suffering other harmful medical conditions. “Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year,” according to the National Down Syndrome Society. However, “life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.”
With the help of science and research, we have proven that we can mitigate the effects of Down syndrome. We can further help people with this disorder by donating to organizations such as the National Down Syndrome Society, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, or Down Syndrome International. You can also show your support by wearing brightly-colored, mismatched socks tomorrow, which represent the extra chromosome those with Down syndrome have. To learn more about Down syndrome, check out http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/.