Did You Know: October 2013

By: Jordan Harrison, MA

Did you know that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month? Here are some quick facts from the National Down Syndrome Society:

  • Down Syndrome is a genetic condition that results when an individual is born with a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21
  • Down Syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition, with 400,000 people in the United States living with Down Syndrome right now
  • The life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has increased dramatically over the last 30 years – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today

Here are ways you can get involved during awareness month, or even year round!

  • Join the National Buddy Walk Program and raise awareness in your area. Last year over $11.75 million dollars was raised in over 250 different Buddy Walks
  • Educate those around you about the condition
  • Read, share, and contribute your own story to the My Great Story Campaign – stories written by and about people with Down Syndrome
  • Participate online or in person in the 2013 Times Square Video Event
  • Become an advocate or become a DS-Ambassador in your town
  • Nominate an advocate you know for the 2014 Champion of Change Advocacy Awards

To read all about Down Syndrome and more about how you can get involved in Down Syndrome Awareness Month in your city, head over to ndss.org.

About the author: Jordan Harrison, MA, is a fifth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has a primary interest in working with high school and college-aged students, with particular interest in working with LGBT students struggling with mental illness. He also has a 19-year-old brother, Luke, with Down Syndrome – Luke has more energy and charisma than Jordan would know what to do with.


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