by Lee Adams -
Hi everyone, it’s me again, Aleeah. I am sad to say but this will be my final column for Down syndrome Awareness Month. I just want to say I have enjoyed sharing some of my stories with you over the past few weeks.
A special thanks goes out to those of you who have followed me on www.facebook.com/aleeahjo. I have enjoyed hearing your stories and reading your comments. They have been heartbreaking and inspiring. Please keep them coming; I would really like to see more people add me so I will have more friends than my mommy.
My purpose over the past few weeks has been not only to share with you some of my struggles with DS but also to educate you about it. One thing I want you to take away from our time together is that I have tried to raise awareness about Down syndrome. It is important that the misconceptions about this disorder are corrected and, above all, that everyone — with or without disabilities — be seen as worthy of respect and dignity.
One of the best ways to promote awareness of Down syndrome and to promote the abilities of people who have the disorder is to separate the myths from the facts. Below are a couple of common misconceptions, followed by facts:
• Myth: Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. Fact: Down syndrome is not rare. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 3,357 babies are born with Down syndrome in the U.S. each year.
• Myth: Down syndrome is not treatable. Fact: While there is no cure for Down syndrome, there are many treatments available for the challenges associated with Down syndrome.
Through years of research, education and the dedication of passionate and caring health care professionals, parents and caregivers, people with Down syndrome can live rich, full lives. They are active participants in their families, schools and workplaces.
Read more at Common Down syndrome myths.
[Via Chillico The Gazette]