21 Misconceptions About Down Syndrome That Need Correcting

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6. People with Down syndrome all look alike

The truth is children with Down syndrome look more like their families than they do other children with the same condition. However, many, but not all, children with Down syndrome do have almond-shaped eyes and tend to be short in stature. There are also variations such as Mosaic Down syndrome, where the physical traits only manifest in some parts of the individual.

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7. All people who have Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s disease

Some, but not all, people with Down syndrome may develop Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s not a given. According to the national institute of aging, about half of people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s as they age.

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8. Adults who have Down syndrome cannot live independently or get jobs

A growing number of people with Down syndrome live on their own with the help of either family or the state (a small group need no extra help), and many also work for a living.

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9. People who have Down syndrome are always happy

People with Down syndrome, like all people, go through emotional ups and downs. Unfortunately, their emotional needs often go undertreated.

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10. Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder

Down syndrome is the most common chromosome-related disorder in the United States. One in 700 babies, or 6,000 each year, are born with Down syndrome nationwide.