Down’s syndrome is when you’re born with an extra chromosome. You usually get an extra chromosome by chance, because of a change in the sperm or egg before you’re born. This change does not happen because of anything anyone did before or during pregnancy. People with Down syndrome will have some level of learning disability. This means they’ll have a range of abilities.
Some people will be more independent and do things like get a job. Other people might need more regular care.
But, like everyone, people with Down’s syndrome have:
- their own personalities
- things they like and dislike
- things that make them who they are
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People with Down’s syndrome will live with the condition for their whole life, but there are ways to help children develop into healthy adults who are able to live the lives they choose. This includes:
- access to good healthcare
- early intervention programmes to provide support for children and parents
- good relationships and family life
- education and support groups.
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