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March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day

Today, March 21, 2022, is World Down Syndrome Day.

On this day, people throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

March 21 (3/21), was selected by the UN as World Down Syndrome Day to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome. In a person without Down syndrome, there are 46 chromosomes in the human body. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome; we have 47.

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It is not yet known why this syndrome occurs Down syndrome has always been part of the human condition. Down syndrome exists in all regions and communities throughout the world and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics, and health.

According to the United Nations (UN), each year, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with Down syndrome. The UN also notes that the quality of life of people with Down syndrome can be improved by meeting their health care needs, including regular check-ups with health professionals to monitor mental and physical condition and to provide timely intervention be it physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling, or special education. Individuals with Down syndrome can achieve optimal quality of life through parental care and support, medical guidance, and community-based support systems such as inclusive education at all levels. This facilitates their participation in mainstream society and the fulfillment of their personal potential.

Although today is an important day to raise awareness about Down syndrome, we at the Russo Law Group, P.C. are dedicated to advocating for people with special needs, including those with Down syndrome, every day.

Russo Law Group, P.C.
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Garden City, NY 11530

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