The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
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Down Syndrome

Featured ImageApproximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. Here you'll find an introduction to Down syndrome and an overview of related facts, myths and truths and our preferred language guide.

  1. What Is Down Syndrome?

    What Is Down Syndrome?Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This section explains the science behind Down syndrome, how it is diagnosed, its history and social impact.

  2. Down Syndrome Facts

    Down Syndrome FactsLearn the basics behind Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal condition.

  3. Myths & Truths

    Myths & TruthsToday there are still many misconceptions about Down syndrome and those who have it. This guide dispels some of the common myths about Down syndrome.

  4. Preferred Language Guide

    Preferred Language GuideHere you'll find a guide to the proper use of language when referring to Down syndrome and people who have Down syndrome.

  5. Q&A for Kids

    Q&A for KidsThese kid friendly explanations will provide answers to frequently asked questions children have about Down syndrome.

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