March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day—a wonderful time to share with your children the gift of people with special needs. If someone in your life has Down syndrome, you are already fully aware of the joy and wonder they bring to everyone around them.
Our society has made Down syndrome something to be feared and has convinced far too many moms and dads that their children with Down syndrome would be better off being aborted. Sadly, 90 percent of children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. It’s an incredible tragedy. The only way to combat this fear is through education and exposure.
In 1958, Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a Catholic, French geneticist, discovered the cause of Down syndrome as the formation of an extra chromosome on the chromosome pair 21, giving babies with Down syndrome 47 chromosomes instead of 46. Lejeune renamed the condition Trisomy 21 and dedicated his life to finding a way to help babies with genetic intellectual disabilities.
As part of your World Down Syndrome Day activities, learn about the most vulnerable people in our society by participating in one or some of the following activities:
World Down Syndrome Day helps increase awareness of the most vulnerable persons in our society. However you choose to celebrate, let others know by using the hashtag #WDSD17 on social media.
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