Many are aware of Down syndrome; however, there are many misconceptions about the syndrome and the people it affects. Our infographic shines a light on the truth behind Down syndrome myths.
Myth: Down syndrome is a rare disorder.
Fact: Down syndrome is one of the most commonly occurring genetic conditions.
Myth: Children with Down syndrome should be in segregated education programs.
Fact: Children with Down syndrome have been included in regular programs across the country.
Myth: Most people with Down syndrome are institutionalized.
Fact: Today people with Down syndrome live at home, are active participants in the community.
Myth: Down syndrome is hereditary and runs in families.
Fact: In 99% of cases, Down syndrome is completely random.
Myth: Adults with Down syndrome are unemployable.
Fact: Businesses are seeking adults with Down syndrome for a variety of positions.
Down Syndrome Statistics
3 Types of Down Syndrome
95% – Trisomy 21
4% – Translocation
1% – Mosaicism
How Common in the USA?
1 in every 691 babies in the US is born with Down syndrome.
400,000 people in the US are living with Down syndrome.
Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically from 25 in 1983 to 60 years today.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.