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.