Day 5

Day 5 (Down syndrome Awareness Month): Let's talk about quality of life for the actual person who has Down syndrome. I've heard tales of parents being told, following a prenatal diagnosis, that their child with Down syndrome will have poor quality of life. This is sometimes even used as a reason for termination of pregnancy. This is yet another MYTH. Here is a quote from a survey of 284 people with Down syndrome over the age of 12 who were asked about their self perception, "Among those surveyed, nearly 99% of people with Down syndrome indicated that they were happy with their lives; 97% liked who they are; and 96% liked how they look." Now you know!