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    Down Syndrome-Did you know?

    22 March 2017 (by admin)

    World Down Syndrome Day is on Tuesday 21st March

    Every year World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st. Not only does the global community celebrate Down syndrome, the day allows focus on a particular issue. This year, the global theme is ‘MyVoiceMyCommunity’ – enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence policy. Facts about Down Syndrome 1. People with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the typical 46. There is an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. 2. Down Syndrome is not an illness or a disease. It is a genetic condition determined by your genetic makeup. What else is determined by your genetic makeup? The colour of your hair, the colour of your eyes and how tall you are. 3. Down syndrome is just a part of the person, it does not define who they are. They are people first and foremost e.g. ‘Isaac has Down Syndrome’ not ‘Isaac is Down Syndrome.’ 4. Contrary to popular belief, people with Down Syndrome are not always happy. They experience every emotion you and I do. Trust me! 5. Children with Down Syndrome go through the same stages of development as typical children do. The difference? Compared to their peers, it can take children with Down Syndrome longer to learn things like rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, talking etc. 6. People with Down Syndrome don’t all look the same while there are certain characteristics. They resemble their families more than they resemble one another. 7. Children with Down Syndrome do best in an inclusive learning environment, and typical children do best when they learn about diversity, kindness and friendship at an early age. Inclusiveness teaches and benefits all children. There is a family fun day on Saturday 25th March at Pontefract Park- 1pm-4pm. We are celebrating World Down's Syndrome Day in style with the fantastic Family Fun Day! The event is open to everyone, with free entry and most activities are free! This year Dave Benson Phillips is hosting the event and performing, and there will be loads of fun things to do - including giant inflatables and rides, an inflatable gladiator arena, singing with Jo Jingles and fun in the entertainment arena, loads of games and things to do and of course the Marvellous Mascot Race! There's the tea tents and food vans to keep you warm too!