Misconception: People who have Down syndrome cannot have children. Reality: It’s true that a person with Down syndrome may have significant challenges in rearing a child. But women who have Down syndrome are fertile and can give birth to children.
Do people with Down syndrome live with their parents forever?
Adults with Down syndrome do not live with their parents forever. Many live independently and thrive. 24. Kids and adults with Down syndrome are aware of how people perceive them, and they care.
Has anyone married someone with Down syndrome?
On April 13, 2013, Lydia, now 35, and Tom, 39, who has Epilepsy and developmental disabilities, got married. They are now living with Tom’s parents, who are only about 10 minutes away from us.
How is the family of a person with Down syndrome?
Like any child, those children with Down syndrome in cohesive and harmonious families were also less likely to have behavior problems and more likely to have higher levels of functioning. Mothers expressing poor relationships with the child and family were more likely to have high stress scores.
Are people with Down syndrome smart?
People with Down syndrome usually have an IQ (a measure of intelligence) in the mildly-to-moderately low range and are slower to speak than other children. Some common physical features of Down syndrome include: A flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose.
Can Down syndrome people drive?
Down Syndrome Driving Classses
Many people with Down Syndrome lead independent lives, this includes being able to drive. If a person with Down syndrome can read and pass a driver’s education class and pass a road test, then they can get a driver’s license.
Why parents that do not have Down syndrome can have a child with Down syndrome?
The parent doesn’t have Down syndrome because they have the right number of genes, but their child may have what’s called “translocation Down syndrome.” Not everyone with translocation Down syndrome gets it from their parents — it may also happen by chance.
Can a girl with Down syndrome get pregnant?
People with Down syndrome rarely reproduce. Fifteen to thirty percent of women with trisomy 21 are fertile and they have about a 50% risk of having a child with Down syndrome. There is no evidence of a man with Down syndrome fathering a child.
What is life expectancy for Down syndrome?
Today, someone with Down syndrome can expect to live more than 60 years, depending on the severity of health problems.
Does father’s age affect Down syndrome?
Dr. Fisch and his colleagues found that the rate of Down syndrome steadily increased with advancing paternal age for the maternal age group of 35 to 39 years. The greatest increase, however, was seen in the maternal age group of 40 years and older with increasing paternal age.
Are there any benefits to having Down syndrome?
The vast majority of people with Down syndrome will automatically medically qualify for disability benefits. All people with Down syndrome will qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. These benefits are only available for the most financially needy applicants.
How will having a child with Down syndrome affect my family?
The experience and knowledge gained by having a sibling with Down syndrome also seems to make children more accepting and appreciative of differences. They tend to be more aware of the difficulties others might be going through, and often surprise parents and others with their wisdom, insight and empathy.
What Animals Get Down syndrome?
Down syndrome occurs when a person’s cells contain a third copy of chromosome 21 (also known as trisomy 21). In turn, apes have 24 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 48. Trisomy 22 is diagnosed when the cells of apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas or orangutans contain a third copy of chromosome 22.
Can a man with Down syndrome have a baby?
Men with Down syndrome are considered as infertile although the causes of infertility are not known in detail yet. Although this constitutes a general rule there are three confirmed cases of parenting by fathers with Down syndrome.
Can people with Down syndrome drink?
Many people with Down’s syndrome (DS) experience eating, drinking, and swallowing (EDS) difficulties, which can potentially lead to life-threatening conditions such as malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration pneumonia.