Down Syndrome Awareness Week is almost upon us and we're gearing up for our annual #LotsOfSocks photos during the week 19-25 March 2018.
"Why socks? Well, because chromosomes look like socks and people with Down’s syndrome have an extra chromosome! “Lots of Socks” is acknowledged around the world as being associated with Down’s syndrome." https://www.dsscotland.org.uk/support-us/awareness-week/lots-of-socks/
Of course we're also stocking up on all our Down Syndrome designs to spread understanding, awareness and love for the DS community. We have a fantastic core of DS Square Pegs who rock our clothes, come to our events and teach us a little bit more about their condition every time we meet them.
#InclusionMatters is the hashtag used by Down's Syndrome Association and we love it as inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.
Here are some facts from the Extra21.org.uk website:
Two babies with Down syndrome are born every day in the UK. Around one in every 1,000 babies born will have Down syndrome.
There are 60,000 people in the UK with the condition.
Although the individual chance of a baby having Down syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down syndrome are born to younger women, reflecting the higher birth rate in this group.
Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible.
Down syndrome is not a disease. People with Down syndrome are not ill and do not “suffer” from the condition.
All people with the syndrome will have a varying degree of learning difficulty. However, the majority of people with Down syndrome will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and lead fulfilling, semi-independent lives.
Today, with the right support, people with Down syndrome can enjoy a life of sixty years plus
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