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Downs Syndrome

Down's Syndrome


Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of a full or partial third copy of chromosome 21 in the body’s cells. 

The word Syndrome means a set of signs and features that are found together. People who have Down’s Syndrome are not all the same; every person who has the conditions is as individual as everyone else in the population and have more in common with their families than with another person who has the condition. 


Approximately one in every 1,000 babies is born with Down’s syndrome. Down’s syndrome is the most frequently recognised form of learning disability. A learning disability affects a person’s ability to learn, it does not mean they cannot learn. Children with Down’s syndrome follow the same developmental path as all children and individuals have the same range of feelings and emotions as we all do. Most importantly, everyone who has Down’s syndrome is a unique individual, full of potential