Today, Mar. 21, 2019, marks the date of World Down Syndrome Day. Down syndrome is a disorder in which an individual is born with an extra chromosome. This causes that individual to endure developmental and intellectual delays. One in every 691 babies born has down syndrome.
Don't let these statistics fool you, though. People all around the world have done incredible things with this disorder.
Picture one features a girl by the name of Isabella Springmühl. She made history by being the first fashion designer with down syndrome. Her work was so good that it was featured in London Fashion Week. Following the fashion trend, picture two is a girl by the name of Jamie Brewer. She was the first person with down syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week. Picture three is a man by the name of Pablo Pineda. He starred in the movie Yo Tambien (Me Too) and also was the first European with down syndrome to obtain a college degree.
These are just a few of the many people who have hammered the stereotype of what it's like to have down syndrome. What can you do? Educate yourself about down syndrome and do not treat people with this disorder any differently than you would another person. If you'd like to take a step further you can donate to the mission of the National Association for Down Syndrome at www.nads.org.