Day 16 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #16 Two types of procedures are available to pregnant women: screening tests and diagnostic tests. The screening tests estimate the risk of the baby having Down syndrome. Diagnostic tests tell whether or not the baby actually has Down syndrome. (www.nads.org) I declined every optional test while pregnant with all 3 of my children. For … More Day 16 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 14 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #14 Public schools must, by law, provide a free and appropriate education for individuals with Down syndrome. Willow goes to preschool just like other kids her age. Some of her classmates have special needs. Most don’t.¬†Every child brings something different to the classroom. Every child benefits. Inclusive classrooms are a beautiful thing. Willow learns … More Day 14 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 13 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #13 In the U.S., Down syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition¬†by our National Institutes of Health despite being the most frequent chromosomal disorder. (www.globaldownsyndrome.org) This is why Down syndrome Awareness Month matters. Willow matters. Pouring more money into Down syndrome research won’t just benefit those with an extra 21st chromosome. Some experts … More Day 13 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day 10 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Day #10 Many people with Down syndrome are extra flexible. This is because the ligaments that hold their bones together have more slack than usual. “Ligamentous laxity” or hypermobility can cause orthopedic problems, hip problems and knee problems, among other things.   I have never been able to do the splits. Willow was born doing … More Day 10 – Down Syndrome Awareness Month