Myths & Truths

  • Myth: 

    Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder.

    Truth: 

    Down syndrome is the most commonly occuring genetic condition. Approximately one in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome.

  • Myth: 

    People with Down syndrome have severe cognitive delays.

    Truth: 

    Most people with Down syndrome have cognitive delays that are mild to moderate. Children with Down syndrome fully participate in public and private educational programs. Educators and researchers are still discovering the full educational potential of people with Down syndrome.

  • Myth: 

    Most people with Down syndrome are institutionalized.

    Truth: 

    Today people with Down syndrome live at home with their families and are active participants in the educational, vocational, social, and recreational activities of the community. They are integrated into the regular education system and take part in various community activities, including sports and art programs.

  • Myth: 

    Children with Down syndrome must be placed in segregated special education programs.

    Truth: 

    Children with Down syndrome have been included in regular academic classrooms. But each student needs an individualized education plan (IEP). Some individuals with Down syndrome are capable of graduating from high school with regular diplomas and there are even cases of students with Down syndrome receiving college degrees.

  • Myth: 

    Adults with Down syndrome are unemployable.

     

    Truth: 

    Adults with Down syndrome can make excellent employees with the correct training. We offer a vocational program for just this purpose and we have successfully trained and placed some of our graduates in a variety of positions. They are being employed in small and medium-sized corporations, fast food outlets, grocery stores, hotels and educational institutions. 

  • Myth: 

    People with Down syndrome are always happy.

    Truth: 

    People with Down syndrome have feelings just like everyone else in the population. They experience the full range of emotions. They respond to positive expressions of friendship and they are hurt and upset by inconsiderate behavior.

  • Myth: 

    Down syndrome can never be cured.

    Truth: 

    Research on Down syndrome is making great strides in identifying the genes on chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Scientists now feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the problems associated with Down syndrome in the future.

 

References

The information featured in this section is reproduced via an exclusive arrangement with National Down Syndrome Society [ONLINE] Available at http://www.ndss.org