Along with the changing leaves and the excitement of Halloween, October is special because it's Down Syndrome Awareness Month. There are about 6, babies born with Down syndrome ever year in the United States, or about one child out of every We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share photos of their kids with Down syndrome and tell us one thing they wished people knew about their child.
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Today I was shopping at my home away from home, also known as Target, and I got sucked into the tiny isle. You know, the one in the baby section with all the little newborn socks, mini sandals that fit in your palm and one-pieces that could fit a doll. I looked at my big girl, and I felt like I had just been there buying her tiny sandals. Then I realized, "Hey, I was just here! Rozie will be three in a few months, and we are just now fitting into month size, and honestly, I'm loving every minute of it.
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To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 , I reached out to parents around the world who have children with Down syndrome, as well as adults with Down syndrome, to share photos and descriptions of their kids or of themselves. The result is 21 photos and short bios that provide a beautiful testimony to the global reach of Down syndrome, as well as the tremendous diversity among people with Down syndrome. Each child and adult shines as an individual, and the thing that holds them together is the portrait of a good life.
Adolescence for children with an intellectual disability can be particularly challenging. Photograph: iStock. My year-old son has Down syndrome. He is a happy and lovable child and gets on with everyone in the family.