What Is Down Syndrome

  • Down Syndrome was first identified as aspecific development disorder in the 1880's. Before that people saw that a Down Syndrome person was not a person and there for is no reason to feel guilty about being put into a sanitarium. Also many people saw that if a Down Syndrome baby  was born then that family would be cursed.

    Down Syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality where an individual has 47 pairs of chromosomes, instead of the normal 46 pairs.  It can cause distinctive facial features, learning disabilities, cooridination delays as well as heart defects, hearing loss, seizures, dementia, and cervical spine instability.