I was so overwhelmed with the great response to last month’s post on things to know about Down syndrome, that I’ve decided to make it an ongoing series. Here are some more facts and statistics on the disorder that affects our youngest daughter, Molly, from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
- Down syndrome is one of the leading causes of cognitive delay in the world – it is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status.
- It is extremely rare for a person with Down syndrome to develop a hard tumor cancer, to have a heart attack or to suffer a stroke.
- Improvement in care over the last 15 years has led to a 20-point increase in IQ for people with Down syndrome.
- More than 400,000 people in the US and an estimated 3 million worldwide have Down syndrome.
- Despite being the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder (1 in 733 births), Down syndrome is the least funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health, receiving only 0.0006 of a $31 billion budget in 2009.
While I’m not an expert, I’d love to try and answer any questions you may have about the road ahead for our precious Molly. What questions do you have?