Is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and characteristic physical features. During childhood, this means they may take longer than other children their age to reach certain milestones and to develop certain skills. They may also need on-going support for different aspects of their life when they become an adult. The level of disability will be different for each individual.
In England and Wales approximately 775 babies are born with the condition each year.
There are some health problems associated with Down’s syndrome, such as heart problems and difficulties with sight and hearing. However, these will not affect everyone with the condition. Increased awareness and better healthcare also mean the health and wellbeing of people with Down’s syndrome have improved greatly in recent years.
As with other conditions associated with learning disability, every person with Down’s syndrome is an individual and, with the right support and opportunities, can lead a happy and fulfilling life.
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