The most important thing to note is that Down syndrome is just a part of
someone. It does not define them. People with Down syndrome are people
first and foremost and deserve the same respect and treatment that you
would give any other person.

The preferred language to use when referring to someone with Down
syndrome is “a person with Down syndrome” rather than “a Down
syndrome person”.

Down syndrome is not a sickness or a disease; it is a genetic disorder or
chromosomal anomaly that occurs at the time of conception.

Every person with Down syndrome is unique with their own talents, abilities,
thoughts and interests and like everybody else they have their own strengths
and weaknesses.

Children with Down syndrome can contribute greatly to their families and
wider communities provided they are given the right supports, services and
opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.



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