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“When you judge someone based on diagnosis you miss out on their abilities, beauty, and uniqueness.”
What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by an error in cell division which results in an extra 21st chromosome. The condition leads to impaired cognitive ability and physical growth. Each person with Down Syndrome is affected differently, but most will have a number of physical characteristics and developmental problems.
Many will have a small nose and mouth, eyes that slant upwards and outwards, broad hands with short fingers, and below-average weight and length at birth.
All children with Down Syndrome will have a level of learning disability and delayed development, and 1 in 10 children will also experience additional difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder or ADHD. (via metro.co.uk)
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Today is World Down Syndrome Day and we can help raise awareness by rocking odd socks. WDSD annually falls on March 21 and this year they’re celebrating with the campaign titled ‘#lotsofsocks‘. Use the hashtag across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to help create an online community.
Wearing the socks shouldn’t just be a fashion statement, though. When someone asks you today why are you wearing odd socks, you should be able to tell them why. You should be able to help shine a light on WDSD.
Be a spokesperson for WDSD today.
The focus today should be enabling people with Down Syndrome to speak up. To help them find their voice. Let them know that being different is okay for they’re loved equally by the heavenly Father.
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