My Friends, My Community – what it means to be included 20-26 March 2016
This year we’ll be celebrating people with Down’s syndrome, of all ages, who are part of our communities – at home, in schools and colleges, in workplaces, clubs and social groups.
Children and adults with Down’s syndrome must be able to enjoy full and equal rights alongside their peers. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities as and when they wish with the right support.
Some people may need extra support to do things that are not specifically for people with a learning disability and we need to encourage our wider communities to be appropriately inclusive.
When children and adults with Down’s syndrome are given opportunities to participate, the whole community benefits.
• Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Down’s syndrome.
• There are approximately 40,000 people in the UK with the condition.
• People with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are.
• Although the chance of a baby having Down’s syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down’s syndrome are born to younger women.
• Down’s syndrome is caused by the presenceof an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. Down’s syndrome usually occurs because of a chance happening at the time of conception.
• Down’s syndrome occurs in all races, religious and economic situations.
• Down’s syndrome is not a disease. People with Down’s syndrome are not ill and do not “suffer” from the condition.
• People with the syndrome will have a learning disability. The learning disability affects a person’s ability to learn, it does not mean they cannot learn.
• Like most of the population, people with Down’s syndrome learn at school, have interests, hobbies and talents, have friends and relationships.
• Today the average life expectancy for a person with Down’s syndrome is between 50 and 60 with a small number of people living into their seventies.
Lots of Socks are Back! Last year, thousands of you supported World Down Syndrome Day (21 March 2016) by wearing your Lots of Socks socks. We even received a photo of a certain Prince Harry and the England Rugby team supporting WDSD with their socks!