Common misconceptions about people with Down Syndrome
There are lots of misconceptions when it comes to people with Down Syndrome.
People often do not understand people with Down Syndrome enough
Down Syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome.
It can cause mild or severe developmental delays.
Here are 5 common misconceptions about Down Syndrome.
- Only older parents have children with Down Syndrome.
This is not always true, 80% of parents of children with Down Syndrome are under 35.
2. People with Down Syndrome cannot be independent.
Each person is different, and needs different levels of assistance.
Some people with Down Syndrome need some assistance but some do not need any.
3. All people with Down Syndrome look the same
Whilst people with Down Syndrome may have some similar features, they do not all look the same
4. People with Down Syndrome die young.
This was true in the past, but now people with Down Syndrome can live long and happy lives
5. Children with Down Syndrome cannot learn to read and write.
Many children with Down Syndrome can learn to read and write.
It is important that teachers are trained in teaching those with intellectual disabilities to ensure they get the same education as everyone else.
Just read 10 inspirational quotes about living with Down Syndrome and you will see what we mean!
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