At a biological level, Down syndrome occurs when someone has either a part of or an entire extra 21st chromosome. The features associated with Down syndrome, like the upward slanted eyes, short height, and low muscle tone tend to make persons with the condition easily recognizable.
Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition in the world. While no one hopes their baby has the condition, those who raise or who are around people with Down syndrome say it is a great blessing. They are generally affectionate, nurturing people who want to please.
Enjoy these quotes about Down syndrome in celebration of the month.
“A person’s a person. Instead of ‘a Down syndrome child,’ say, ‘a child with Down syndrome.’ People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first.” – NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society)
“When you focus on someone’s disability you’ll overlook their abilities, beauty and uniqueness. Once you learn to accept and love them for who they are, you subconsciously learn to love yourself unconditionally.” – Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir
“Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways – that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life.” – Chris Burke
“It is easy to see what many people, women especially, admire about Sarah Palin. Here is a mother of five who can see the bright side of having a child with Down syndrome and still find the time and energy to govern the state of Alaska.” – Sam Harris
“Often as a child you see someone with a learning disability or Down syndrome and my mum and dad were always very quick to explain exactly what was going on and to be in their own way inclusive and welcoming.” – Christopher Eccleston