Down Syndrome Awareness Day: how far we've come!
South Africa is celebrating National Down Syndrome Awareness Day today. Here's a look at all things DS.
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Down Syndrome South Africa is celebrating this special awareness day to help educate the public, support parents and fight for the rights of those with Down syndrome. Read more about their road to inclusivity. We've compiled a few articles you may find interesting.

Understanding Down syndrome

  • Curious to know more? Read all about Down syndrome here.
  • One mom whose beautiful boy has Down syndrome (okay, she's my sister and my nephew is just gorgeous) wrote "Avoiding the awkwardness" in which she encourages people to talk to her about her son and his condition. It's okay.
  • Facts and myths about Down syndrome.
  • Above all, it's crucial for us as a society to be inclusive of children with Down syndrome, whether it be at school or in the neighbourhood. Here's a great article to help your child understand the syndrome in a friend or class mate.

Celebrate!

It's 2016 and children who don't fit the "traditional mould" has finally moved from the inner room to the spotlight!

Helping your child with Down syndrome

  • Down syndrome is not an illness or disease, but rather a syndrome: a collection of possible symptoms and conditions that vary from person to person. Here is an article listing some of the health and learning difficulties a child with Down syndrome may (or may not) encounter and how best to deal with it.
  • For interest sake, we've written a bit about various health occurrences, some of which may apply to a child with Down syndrome too, such as flat-head syndrome and polydactyly (born with more than 10 fingers or toes).

Watch:

A mom opens up:

Get support

  • Down Syndrome South Africa is a fantastic organisation doing much to raise awareness, remove the stigma, and offer support to parents. Their website is a treasure trove of information.

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