“Due to advances in medicine, children born with Down syndrome can live long, healthy and productive lives,” Causer said. “But early intervention, therapies and treatment are vital, which is why raising awareness of Down syndrome is so important.”
Research has shown the average life expectancy for a person living with Down syndrome has increased from just 25 years of age in 1983 to 60 years of age today. It is estimated that this genetic condition occurs in approximately one in every 800 births. The population of people living with Down syndrome in the United States is estimated at anywhere between 250,000 and 400,000.
House Resolution 501 passed the House unanimously. More information about Down syndrome is available at the National Down Syndrome Society, www.ndss.org.