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The Position Papers explain the National Down Syndrome Society's view on a variety of topics.
NDSS strongly condemns the use of the word "retarded" in any derogatory or inappropriate context.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study indicates that there are about 6,000 diagnoses of Down syndrome each year in the United States. One in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome.
NDSS believes in supporting individuals with Down syndrome through full inclusion in the community and not attaching a stigma to their physical features.
In June 2001, a study was published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicating a stark racial disparity in the median life spans of people with Down syndrome.
Children with Down syndrome, like all children, can have challenging behaviors. These behaviors should be addressed with the same strategies that are effective for all children: positive behavioral supports.
NDSS does not endorse the use of vitamin-related therapies. We urge parents considering the use of vitamin therapies for their children with Down syndrome to first consult with their family physicians.
National Down Syndrome Society Organizational Position as a Pro-Information Organization