Fiction versus fact, Down Syndrome

Fiction: Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder.

Fact: Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition.

Fiction: All people with Down syndrome have a severe cognitive disability.

Fact: Most people with Down syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability, or intellectual disability.

Fiction: Most children with Down syndrome are born to older parents.

Fact: Eighty percent of children born with Down syndrome are born to women younger than age 35.

Fiction: People with Down syndrome are always happy.

Fact: People with Down syndrome experience a full range of emotions just like anyone else. 


Autistic people are more likely to:

Be unique

Be honest

Be intelligent

Be a college student

Be a college professor

Be detail-oriented

Be aware of things others overlook

Be more in tune with their senses

Be artists

Be scientists

Be questioning

Be strong willed

Be an expert in their field

Be passionate

Be able to handle extreme pain

Be able to learn complex ideas

Be able to remember hundreds of facts

Be able to make connections others cannot make

Be consistent

Be hard-working

Be Intense

Be Leaders

Be sensitive

Be good with animals

Be good with computers

Be good with skilled work

Be good with using their imaginations

Be good at following instructions exactly

Belong in the workforce, your family,  as your specialist, as your significant other, as your partner, your teacher, and as your friend.

More than the average population.